nature, Poetry, travel

Canadian Rivers

North Saskatchewan River, Saskatchewn, Canada (Photo © 2022 by V. Nesdoly) It's almost Canada Day and today, when some Canadian rivers are in the news due to the danger of flooding, I share a poem celebrating these beautiful waterways of Canada. CANADIAN RIVERS Headwaters drip from snowy melt of mountain glaciersgurgle down glistening rock faces… Continue reading Canadian Rivers

People, Personal, Poetry

In His Shop

It’s Father’s Day this weekend. Many years have passed since I was able to wish my dad a happy Father’s Day in person… he died in 1975. But he lives on in memory, which grows more haloed as time passes. He was a quiet, kind, hard-working man. Very creative too, always fixing things using the… Continue reading In His Shop

art, note cards, Poetry

Changing of the Wardrobe

Time is moving along so quickly. In less than two weeks we’ll be at the official beginning of summer…though it still feels like early to mid spring here most days with lots of cool rainy weather. At least there are no fires! One of my semi-annual tasks is the changing of the wardrobe, when I… Continue reading Changing of the Wardrobe

Personal

Listen while you work

When I write, I need quiet. But when I draw or paint, I welcome some audio company. Often I listen to playlists on Spotify (the streaming service we subscribe to)—classical or contemporary Christian music. I have also subscribed and listen to some wonderful podcasts. Here are some of my favourites. Back to the Bible Canada… Continue reading Listen while you work

art, Art News

New Gallery on Daily Paintworks

A few weeks ago the book Daily Painting came to my attention. I read a sample and decided that author Carol Marine’s philosophy of painting often and small fit with my resolve to do some art every day. I purchased the book. On reading the whole book, I discovered that there is an online community… Continue reading New Gallery on Daily Paintworks

nature, Poetry

Progress of Spring

Progress of Spring Snowdropsbirthed in winter driftssleep under hibernating treespure and white. Snowdrops. Crocusestoddler flower girlsdowny arms raised high,present mauve, yellow, white nosegays to the sun. Crocuses Daffodilschildren—stocky, solid, and beautifulheads down, concentrateon standing straight. Daffodils Salmonberrieswhimsical young loners and dreamerslight out-of-the-way places.with stained-glass lamp shades Salmonberry Blossoms Trilliumtrinity of puritystirs with the clear voiceof… Continue reading Progress of Spring

Book Reviews, Fiction, Religious

My Mother the Man-Eater – review

My Mother the Man Eater by Tracy KraussMy rating: 4 of 5 stars MA host of issues resurface when Joleen Allen’s ex-husband Harold—newly out of prison—sues her for a bundle of money. Does he even have a case? What (besides the money) is his motive? Joleen suspects a main one is to turn their five… Continue reading My Mother the Man-Eater – review

Personal, Poetry, re-post

Tulip Festival

Some years ago some very lucky Abbotsford BC fields were transformed for a few weeks in April by tulips. The Abbotsford Tulip Festival went on for a few years, history now I'm afraid, due to the pandemic and the devastating November 2021 floods in the Fraser Valley. But I have memories and a poem composed… Continue reading Tulip Festival

Personal, Poetry

What we remember – “April 14”

Some days are heavy with memories. April 14th is one such—the day my first child was born. Actually, she wasn’t my first child. Like so many women, I had a prior pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage. That miscarriage occurred a year before my baby girl was born. (Both were right around Easter.) Today, a… Continue reading What we remember – “April 14”

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction

Bitter Truth – review

This cozy mystery quickly turns chilly with a murder and an attack in the opening pages. Main character, Landon Smith, still shaken from her adventures in Hidden Secrets, (Book 2 of the Green Dory Series), is determined not to get involved. However, she soon finds herself in the thick of the investigation despite how events… Continue reading Bitter Truth – review