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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

art, art instruction, Book Reviews

The Simple Secret to Better Painting – review

The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg AlbertMy rating: 5 of 5 starsLately I have been taking in some webinars by the successful Canadian artist Tim Packer. He is big on composition! He says: “A strong composition can result in a successful painting even if the artist has only moderately competent technical skill.“No amount… Continue reading The Simple Secret to Better Painting – review

art, light, nature

Spring Isn’t

Crocuses - painted by Violet Nesdoly - Watercolor, 4 x 11 inches. Happy Spring! I have a seasonal ditty for you today. SPRING ISN’T Spring isn’t pallid snowdropsshyly coiled in chilly Feb.It isn’t jewel primulasor burgeoning rhodo’s red. Not hyacinths poking through dirtor blossom bursts of plum.Not heather clumps abuzz once morewith bees that float… Continue reading Spring Isn’t

art, Poetry, wall art, Writing News

“Crossings” An Art Walk for Lent

We are now in the season of Lent, the 40 days that precede the Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. One of the Lenten activities that is available to people in Toronto, Canada from March 2 to April 14, 2022 is a public Stations of the Cross art walk/exhibition titled Crossings. Art by Canadian artists has been… Continue reading “Crossings” An Art Walk for Lent

Book Reviews, history, Memoir, nature, Non-fiction, Public Domain

South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review (repost)

It was a thrill to hear, yesterday, that Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was found in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. If you’re interested in the story of the exploratory expedition to Antarctica, during which the Endurance was crushed by sea ice and sank, I recommend Shackleton’s riveting book South. I read and reviewed it in 2020.… Continue reading South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review (repost)

Book Reviews, Christian living, Memoir, Non-fiction

It’s All About Love – review

It’s All About Love: Confessions of a Caregiver by John Murray My rating: 5 of 5 starsWhen John Murray’s wife Rita was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease just over 13 years ago, it wasn’t a big deal to them. However, in the years following, the disease has impacted the life of this senior couple in increasing… Continue reading It’s All About Love – review