Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Christianus Sum – Review

Over the last few weeks I've been cleaning out some shelves. In the process, I've come across a few books (paper books) that I have been meaning to read, but never got around to. Christianus Sum by Shawn Pollett is one. I read it earlier this year. Here's what I thought. When Senator Valerianus returns… Continue reading Christianus Sum – Review

art, Form poems, Pantoum, Poetry, re-post

Calendar

Though it’s only mid-February, today the sun is out and the temperature has risen to double-digits. Better yet, the crocuses have come up in the park! I was going through old files earlier this week and came across some of the poems I wrote years ago. “Calendar” is one which seems perfect to share on… Continue reading Calendar

light, People, Poetry

January, February…

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Any success at keeping those resolves? Here’s a tongue-in-cheek poem I wrote some years ago, that addresses the phenom of resolution keeping. "That frozen stash of Christmas treats..." - sketch by V. Nesdoly. JANUARY, FEBRUARY… It's January, all must changemy resolutions cry it!I'll clean the cupboards, shine the glassCompletely… Continue reading January, February…

Art News, Christian living, Religious

Pandemic response–through art and poetry

Last summer the community outreach coordinator at our church had the idea to build and plant a community garden right on church property. It was a lovely spot, which I couldn’t resist painting. In the fall, I entered my painting in an art and poetry contest sponsored by the Christian Courier magazine. The contest, called… Continue reading Pandemic response–through art and poetry

art

Learning through play

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I got a set of water-mixable oil paints for Christmas. I’m in the process of learning to paint with them. After my first session, I realized I really did need to purchase the painting medium (to thin paint when it was too thick—water works but it makes the… Continue reading Learning through play

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