Greetings Everyone, We Made It!

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At long last we’re home!

My, what a move it’s been! What with having to pack up the pugs and the parrots and the cottage garden, not to mention the studio, and all manner of other things, blog entries back to the year 2007 (If you look down toward the bottom of the right hand side you will see a drop-down menu with all of the old Maitri’s Heart blog entries.), as well as a steamer trunk full of hopes and dreams, and with the incredible work of web designer Angel Sullivan without whom you would not be here right now (And bless her, she even let me tinker with her design and add the flowered wall paper but the hard work was ALL hers, plus the hand-holding and encouragement without which I would be cowering in a corner somewhere, (WordPress! Oy! What a learning curve!) but I made it! And the first free eBook is done for subscribers to the list and the mailing list moved to the new provider, and plans for The Outsider Institute are underway. Oh, it’s all been such a very long time coming!

This website is the culmination of 59 years of living and growing and being in the world. If you read the bio you will see it is  very unconventional bio but it gives a picture of the real journey and life of a woman, of myself, moving through the years to come to this point, to stand here, with my gifts and talents, earned wisdom and a heart overflowing with love, and so many plans for the future. It is as if today, July 1, 2013 is the first day of the rest of my life. I have work to do and it has begun.

This blog will be the heart of the website. Everything that I make with my heart and hands and words to sell will be here ~ books, eBooks, art, and more, and the crowning achievement will be the opening of The Outsider Institute slated to open it’s doors September 1. You can read more about that by clicking on the tab of that same at the top of the site. Going through the various tabs about Dragonfly Cottage, and Dragonfly Cottage Studio, The Outsider Institute and The Bio will really give you the full picture of what this website is all about, the work that is to come, and, if you don’t know me, who I am.

I am also preparing to take a few private students, in September, who would like gentle guidance and counsel on the journey of embracing fitting out, and in their own way, fitting in in a way that feels right to them. Oh tender traveler, I have traveled a thousand miles and more to get here, I truly want to help you on your way. I will only be taking a very few private students so if you are interested you can write to me on the contact page and I will keep you on a list to get the information when it is ready. There will be an application process to make certain that we are a good fit and on the same page as far as what you need and what I have to offer.

Finally, this blog will be updated very regularly but I am going to leave this first entry here for a few days to welcome people who are just finding their way here for the first time or migrating over from the old Maitri’s Heart blog. (I will napping with the pugs for a bit too!) I just cannot tell you how happy I am that you are here.

I would love to hear from you so please leave comments below if you’d like and I will answer you. I am simply delighted to be here with you!

Warm Regards and Deepest Blessings to All…


If you enjoy this blog a donation would be deeply appreciated to help me continue to bring “Maitri’s Heart” to you. Thank you, and many deep blessings to one and all…


  1. Hello! I brought you a virtual housewarming gift! ::a bouquet of your favourites :: ::a basket of the most delectable:: ::a jar of the most refreshing:: ::and a warm embrace of the best intentions:: Enjoy. xo

    • Oh Beautiful, Sweet, Dear Friend Melissa, I am so happy to see you and you are the very first to comment here! What a blessing, and THANK YOU for all the luscious housewarming gifts!

      What a project moving from Blogger to Word Press and my web designer Angel did that part. I paid her to get the basic site up and move the archives because I was just too overwhelmed to do that part and get WP up and going but I am learning quickly and tinkering with the website like adding the flowered wall paper. I love web work and blogging as I know you do too because I have followed your blog for centuries! 😀 You know yours is my favorite blog of any type ever and when I’m down or just need a little somethin’ somethin’ I head straight to your blog so to be so warmly welcomed by you means more than you could possibly know.

      I am sending you a big hug and lots of love, nice to be here at WP with you. Onwards and Upwards!



      P.S. I planted 50 perennial hibiscus from little cuttings last year and they are growing like topsy — you will see some on my Blipfolio widget and they seed PROLIFICALLY so I will be collecting seeds this summer. They grow very easily and are so gorgeous. If you’d like some seeds let me know!

  2. It’s simply wonderous – like it’s owner. Looking forward to many visits.

    • Frances, you are so kind, thank you so much for coming to celebrate the new site with me!

      I am so excited about being here and launching this site that will be my life’s work, it has truly been like giving birth, and at 59 what a birth-day gift it is to see it go live and have such lovely comments from people. I so appreciate your kind words and will look so forward to your future visits.

      Blessings and love to you dearheart,


  3. Oh NOW I see the “add a comment” button!
    *cough* StupidMercuryRetrograde! *cough*
    Congratulations! Mazel Tov! Huzzah! LOVE the new digs!
    Very excited to see what comes next!

    Blessed Be, Sister!


      Oh honey it is just delightful to see you here! Thank you so much for welcoming me to my new home. It has been quite a journey, a long labor, an exhausting but thrilling birth-day but I am just overflowing with love and joy and happiness. I HAVE LANDED! I know you know what a journey it is and MY what a journey YOU have had this last year or so! Gracious, a sweetie to boot! (I hope someday I’m lucky enough to find my own sweetie, right now I’m having an affair with my new website, ha ha ha!)

      I think of you so often and MEAN to write more but I swear life just goes galloping along and most days just hanging on for the ride is the best I can do. I am now going to find my way into gentle self-care and fulfilling work. This is what I was meant to do and I could not be happier.

      I am sending you so much love and a big big hug.. <3 Oh, and did you get the eBook and what did you think? I’d love to know!


  4. Maitri—congratulations on your beautiful new web site! So excited for you, and will look forward to keeping up with your news as you settle into your new space … brava!

    • Paula, hello! And welcome to Dragonfly Cottage!

      Thank you so much for leaving me a note, it just means so much, and I appreciate all of your kind words and good thoughts. I will be so honored and delighted to have you visit regularly. I’m sending you a big hug and lots of love…


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