light, Poetry

A Candy Year

One can look back over a year in many ways. Today we'll do it with candy. This little poem not only looks at the various types of candy with which we commemorate the year's special days but also lists some of my candy memories from childhood, young adulthood, mom-of-young kids years, to current candy temptations.… Continue reading A Candy Year

Christmas, Personal, Quotes, Religious

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to all the readers of my blog! Thank you so much for coming by and sharing a few minutes with me almost weekly. I wish you all the blessings of the season--safety, health, the company of family and friends, good food, and maybe a break in the weather to wear off… Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Christmas, Poetry, Religious

Guided

Guided When confluence in the heavensshone brighter than any illuminated textthey high-fived, then headedto the mall for myrrh and frankincensestopped by the bank for gold. Whenever, on that dusty trekneedles of sand attackedcamels were crabbythighs chafed, tailbones achedeyes rose again to blue-white beamwhich drew them like a magnet. In Jerusalem when no one knewabout an… Continue reading Guided

Biography, Book Reviews, Religious, Theology

Bonhoeffer – book review

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric MetaxasMy rating: 5 of 5 starsRaiding the Biography section of our church library has recently led me to some great reads. The latest is Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. This biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a 39-year-old German theologian, executed just two weeks before the Allies liberated the camp where… Continue reading Bonhoeffer – book review

art, Poetry, wall art

Shopping the Sales (and “Disappointment” – poem)

It seems the weekend of American Thanksgiving has taken on a special place in our North American economy with its accompanying sales. "Black Friday" is no longer one day but has morphed into a shopping monster that lasts a whole month, surely all the days following the Friday after US Thanksgiving. (I just got a… Continue reading Shopping the Sales (and “Disappointment” – poem)

nature, Poetry

What is this light?

We have a paperbark maple tree in the back yard which is always tardy--the last to green up in the spring and the last to glow red in the fall. In fact today it is still green, though that green fades a little more each day. I have photographed it in its last blush through… Continue reading What is this light?

history, Poetry, Quotes

A day of remembrance

Poppies - Photo © 2017 by Violet Nesdoly In Flanders FieldsBy John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,    That mark our place; and in the sky    The larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,    Loved and… Continue reading A day of remembrance

art, writing, Writing Prompts, Writing resources

Creative Challenges – do you play along?

I’ve just finished my second year of creating an ink drawing every day in October! This art challenge, called #Inktober, is only one of the many creative challenges that I’ve participated in over the years. These creative challenges span the calendar year. Opus, our local art supply shop company, sponsors Opus Daily Practice—a challenge to… Continue reading Creative Challenges – do you play along?

Book Reviews, Memoir

End of the Spear – review

One of the riveting stores of my youth was of the five missionaries killed by the Auca Indians of Ecuador. So when I found End of the Spear by Steve Saint in our church library, I eagerly plucked it off the shelf. Author Steve Saint is the son of pilot Nate Saint, who flew the… Continue reading End of the Spear – review

Poetry, Quotes

Apples

Fall is the season of delicious new-crop apples. We're working on a bag of this year's Spartans--crisp, juicy, sweet-and-sour… so good! Today, a couple of apple poems to celebrate this delicious fall fruit. Apple Collection Because they come in wood, brass, marbleclocks, tiles and trivets Because their roundness pleasestheir coats of red, yellow, green and… Continue reading Apples