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, 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!

art, art instruction, nature, Non-fiction

The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible – Review

The Watercolor Flower Artist's Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist by Claire Waite Brown My rating: 5 of 5 starsMy newest art book is the gorgeous Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist, edited by Claire Waite Brown.This is quite a comprehensive volume. It starts out with a section… Continue reading The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible – Review

art, nature, Poems by others, Poetry, Prayer, Religious, wall art

A Lent Conversation – Week 4

I can hardly believe we're already into week four of our Lent project. This week I sent Laurel the prompt--a painting I did, inspired by a photo I took on a summer holiday trip we made to Salt Spring Island some years ago. I love her psalm-like prayer poem in response. My painting and the… Continue reading A Lent Conversation – Week 4

art, nature, Poems by others, Poetry

A Lent Conversation – Week 3

The poem that Laurel sent me as an art prompt for Week 3 made me so happy. I love spring and one of its most compelling signs is the bird symphony and activity we hear and see on our daily walks on Nicomekl Trail, a footpath that follows the Nicomekl River. I love how Laurel… Continue reading A Lent Conversation – Week 3

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

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

South (Illustrated): The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition by Ernest ShackletonMy rating: 5 of 5 starsRecently my preference in books has settled on memoir and biography. In that genre, South a memoir of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Antarctic expedition (first published in 1919) was a real find in my stash of unread Kindle books.Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922)… Continue reading South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review

#CY365 Photo-Poem Series, nature, senryu

Pine boughs…

  Pine boughs mittened, each finger cuddled in quilted fleece. © 2018 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved) This morning we awoke to a winter wonderland! The Capture Your 365 prompt today was “Prompt Free.” How convenient-- a perfect invite to capture the snow on a crystalline morning.    

#CY365 Photo-Poem Series, nature

Challenges & a few PINK poems

I love challenges. I find myself eagerly jumping in to writing and art challenges of all kinds. Keeping up with them is another thing though! This year my one-little-word is FOCUS, I’m trying to put it into practice by actually imposing some focus on my life. One area of focus is to eliminate some of… Continue reading Challenges & a few PINK poems

nature, Objects, Religious, Spiritual Journey Thursday

Glory Tour (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Welcome to Spiritual Journey (first) Thursday, February edition. Today we’re moodling on the moon. To tell you the truth, I don’t have much of a relationship with the moon. It’s beautiful, for sure. I do love to see it bulge orange and bountiful over the horizon on a clear evening. I associate moonrises with autumn… Continue reading Glory Tour (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

#CY365 Photo-Poem Series, Cinquain, Form poems, nature, Objects, Poetry Friday

Five Cinquains

I wasn’t going to join in on Poetry Friday today, then went to Linda’s roundup, found her post on Adelaide Crapsey and the cinquain form, and decided to put something up after all. The cinquain is one of the short forms I’ve written in when composing poems in response to the daily photography prompts I’ve… Continue reading Five Cinquains