Once upon a time, there was a root vegetable who claimed to be a yam. But not just a yam. A special yam. The best yam. A Christian yam. He looked orange all right, but.. off. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t his personal appearance that bothered the other vegetables and fruits. Live and let live, and beauty is as beauty does. But that was the problem. Though he called himself a Christian yam, he did not follow the teachings about feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, caring for the sick, and above all loving others as himself. Since he didn’t love himself, he didn’t know how to love others either. Sad!
With his actions and his attempts to stir up hate, fear, and division, he showed that he was no Christian yam at all. And was he even that? More and more, the other root vegetables began to see him as he really was. It started with the parsnips and rutabagas. The beets and onions were next. Soon, the peppers woke up. Then, the apples and berries realized they too, had been played. Finally, they all realized he was just a mean white potato with a spray tan.
That was the beginning of the Great Healing. Here and there, conversations started across boundaries. The fruits and vegetables found common ground, literally. They all loved the soil, the sun, and rain. They all loved to see their little ones grow. There was much celebration throughout the land. In their joy, almost everyone forgot about the mean potato.
But a kind old pumpkin invited him to a party. She figured his ego had had enough crunching that he might be ready to come out of his golden vegetable bin and join in the festivities. When he just responded with an angry tweet, she didn’t worry about it. For she knew that all things happen in God’s time and that by whatever name you may call that energy we find it convenient to call God, the mysterious power of Love is always working in every situation. And so, it is. -Kanta Bosniak
Kanta Bosniak Folk Art Gallery Chapel room
Art by Kanta Bosmiak
I’m thankful this holiday season for this beautiful space I love so much. My way of engaging with this space and inviting others to engage with it has changed over time, just as with any relationship.
Years ago, I used it as a coaching office and holistic center for classes and workshops. I’ve played with having a small book and print store here but after a few months my writer self put the nix on that, as she works much better without distractions and my retail self was perfectly happy to direct folks to Amazon, which is always open and ready to sell you all my books and guided imagery downloads. My retail self also invites to to shop for my art prints on Etsy. Win/win! My coaching too, is no longer a local business, but is available through phone and Skype. Bottom line, this is an art themed wedding venue, rather than retail store of my art and books. As both an artist and a minister, I’m excited to offer this unique wedding venue, which I sometime hashtag #artchurch on social media.
The room where I used to see coaching clients and hold classes is now a small, boho chic wedding venue. It’s perfect for couples who want a memorable and unique wedding. Couples looking for fun setting for a destination wedding getaway will find a wide array of lodging choices, restaurants, specialty shops, and musical entertainment venues, some within walking distance and some a very short drive away.
I’m delighted to offer an extremely affordable package, which includes my custom ceremony services, the venue itself, which is an art museum of my folk art paintings and prints, basic photography, a folk art marriage certificate, fresh floral bouquet, and 12 wedding announcement postcards. All for $350.00!
I book weddings here year-round. Unlike most venues, if you have booked a winter wedding here and we have winter weather situation, I will happily work with you to reschedule your event. Looking forward to talking with you about booking your elopement or small wedding. Call me at (540) 577-8854
Rev. Kanta Bosniak
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful dream fairy who would come close and hover, sparking new perspectives and creative ahas. She would come just so far… and then retreat behind deep pink clouds. Once, a dreamer asked her to show herself and say her name. But she simply spun away, leaving behind only a blessing and a promise to appear again, right around the edges of conscious awareness, where she could be of the most help.
It is in dreams, daydreaming, and meditative states that we get most of our best ideas. So, it’s important to take some time each day to be quiet and at peace. Paradoxically, trying harder is often less productive than relaxing and entering a state of trust and connection with self and Source. We are our most productive when we balance dreaming and inspired action.
words and graphic by Kanta Bosniak
I love to collect readings for weddings and I noticed a need for fresh readings to serve as alternative to the ones that are used so often. Several years ago, I began a series of books of love poems (by me) and quotes by a wide range of others in Western and Eastern literature and sacred texts. The books serve as collections for individuals to enjoy and for couples to enjoy together. In addition, they provide a resource of wedding readings for couples who are looking for original modern love poetry as well as compelling and beautiful quotes by authors from various cultures and spiritual traditions. At present, there are four books in the series: Love Poems, Awakened Love, Twin Flames, and Sacred Love, all available on Amazon.
Love and Flowers
When I think of you, beloved,
blossoms caress my skin.
When you kiss me, I breathe pink light,
I taste jasmine.
When you speak, mermaids hum,.
subway drummers and graffiti artists
hold sacred circles and art parties.
Let us invite the stars, beloved
and serve raspberry scones and spiced tea.
Let us sleep and dream of petals
falling softly into the night,
letting go of all that is not real,
leaving only love and flowers.
-Kanta Bosniak, from Awakened Love