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

Biography, Book Reviews, People, Religious

An Arrow Pointing to Heaven – review

Rich Mullins: A Devotional Biography: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven by James Bryan SmithMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Streaming services make it easy to connect with musical memories and artists of many eras. I used to listen to Rich Mullins—had several CDs of his back in the day—but he had slipped my mind. However,… Continue reading An Arrow Pointing to Heaven – review

nature, Poetry

Runway on the Avenue

There is a row of trees growing along a street at the end of our laneway that turns from ordinary green to spectacular red during one magical week in October every year. Last week was that week. I took a few photos and even wrote a poem. Enjoy “Runway on the Avenue” and your fall… Continue reading Runway on the Avenue

art, Personal, Poetry, wall art

Gratitude on Thanksgiving week

Welcome to my updated website and blog. Template changes were long overdue! I hope you like the new look. Last Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving. We, in Canada, certainly have a lot to be thankful for. My personal list includes continuing gratitude for health during this pandemic and the fact that we can again attend church… Continue reading Gratitude on Thanksgiving week

Form poems, Haiku, nature, Personal, Poetry, Tanka

Random act of poetry–on Aging

Did you know that practically every day of the year is a celebration of a cause, or society segment, or historical event, or something? Check out Brownielocks.com for lists of celebrations that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Last Friday (October 1), for example, was International Day of Older Persons. Today (October 6) or… Continue reading Random act of poetry–on Aging

art, wall art

Display watercolors up close and personal

One thing I learned, early in my time of working with watercolors, was that the finished paintings needed to be protected. This protection has traditionally been provided by glass or plexiglass. I always wished there was some way to view the work more immediately, without the reflective aspect of glass getting in the way.  Also,… Continue reading Display watercolors up close and personal

art, nature, Poetry

Welcome Fall!

Today is the Autumnal Equinox–officially the first day of Fall (or Autumn). In honor of the changing season, I give you an ode celebrating one of Fall’s most popular gifts, the handsome and versatile pumpkin. To Pumpkin You kept the new world’shungry pioneers and pilgrims alivewith your soft sweet fleshand nutty seeds,their feet warm with… Continue reading Welcome Fall!