I began this mandala (for day 23/31) with the unfavorable comment about “Inner Realm” (lolling tongues!) in my head…so feeling the sting, I went with what is tried and true for me, hearts, warm, bright color palette, diamonds. I was contemplating the title (“Sans Tongues”) and continuing the piece when it became time to check in with my dad (97 with dementia). So I called to find out how he was doing and discovered that he was feeling very anxious and urgent about getting my help to take care of my mom (who died six years ago after eighteen years of Alzheimer’s). I was struck by the unnecessary anguish he was feeling, of course I didn’t argue or explain because he is firmly planted in his reality. This experience does make me question where in my life I am stressing over already resolved (or soon to be resolved without my action) scenarios. So I titled the mandala “Undying Love” and then I noticed that the border contains eighteen hearts, one for every year my dad lovingly and loyally cared for my mom during her illness.