Christian living, Personal

Choosing a word for the year

"Waterlilies" - painted card by Violet Nesdoly Do you have some favourite routines or rituals that you go through at the beginning of the year? To my mind, starting a new calendar with a new “last name” lends itself to several traditions that I’ve enjoyed for many years. One of them is choosing a word… Continue reading Choosing a word for the year

art, Art News, Prayer, Quotes

The sun rises on something new

Happy New Year! Here we are, already seven days into 2022. How is the year treating you so far? Have you made (and perhaps broken) resolutions? Are you trying something new? I am! My family knows what to give me at Christmas these days. A gift card to my favourite art supply store gets 5… Continue reading The sun rises on something new

Personal, Poetry

Dear After-Christmas Leftovers

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration. We did. We even had a white Christmas, something of a novelty in this southwest corner of Canada. Now that 2022 is almost upon us, do you find yourself looking ahead, perhaps crafting resolutions and setting some goals for the next 12 months? I do. Not… Continue reading Dear After-Christmas Leftovers

Poetry, re-post, Religious

Let Christmas Come

Christmas lights in Douglas Park this year, photographed after a snowfall a few weeks ago. On this day before Christmas Eve, I wish all who read here a Christmas filled with love, warmth, light, family, friendship, and health. Let Christmas Come Let strings of rainbows ringing patios,and radiant pearls outlining roofsblink into the twilight. Let… Continue reading Let Christmas Come

Christmas, Poetry, Prayer

A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas Prayer Bring the Christmas life into our lives.Don’t let the hustle-hurry steal our joythe cashier lineups, traffic jams annoy.Flood us with peace till Christmas day arrives. Help us to hear the words of Christmas songsand let them calm us in the busy throngs.When beggars hold out hands, help us be wiseto see the… Continue reading A Christmas Prayer

art, Poetry

Christmas Seed

A few years ago, our church’s Christmas production included selected individuals telling their own Christmas stories. One of the storytellers, Keri, came from an addiction fueled life on the streets. Her journey to Jesus and sobriety began with an anonymous gift given to her by someone handing out food in Vancouver’s downtown east side. I… Continue reading Christmas Seed

Christmas, Personal, Poetry, Religious

Advent Preparations

Welcome to December! In this month’s blogs, I’ll be sharing poems with you—mostly reflections on Christmas. In this first poem, I write about what I’ve spent most of yesterday and today doing: decorating my home for Christmas. At our house that’s a pretty predictable process. But not all Christmas preparations are as easy to list.… Continue reading Advent Preparations

art, Art News, Writing News

Newsletter Week

This week I sent out an artist/author newsletter. In it I announced an ART SHOP SALE! The newsletter is also available online. View it HERE. (Many items in the shop are one only. First come, first served. Don’t miss out!) If you'd like to get my author / artist newsletter delivered directly to you via… Continue reading Newsletter Week

Biography, Book Reviews, Christian living, history, Religious

God’s Firestarters – review

Did you know that Katharina was the one who proposed marriage to Martin Luther, that Charles and John Wesley met with scandal and opposition in America, and that John Newton was a bad-tempered, rebellious alcoholic. Ed and Janice Hird reveal these historical bits and many more in their recently released book God’s Firestarters—Preparing Our Families… Continue reading God’s Firestarters – review

art, Poems by others, Poetry

“Silver” – Walter de la Mare

Sketch for "MOON" - Oct. 18, 2021 - VN A recent sketch I did, inspired by the October 18 Inktober prompt MOON, reminds me of a favourite poem I memorized when I was a youngster. Maybe it's a favourite of yours too. SILVER Slowly, silently, now the moonWalks the night in her silver shoon;This way,… Continue reading “Silver” – Walter de la Mare