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

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

A Lent Conversation – Week 2

This is the second instalment of a Lenten conversation between Laurel Archer, my poet friend, and me providing some art. This week I sent Laurel a painting as a prompt. She responded with a poem. The Hellebore plant was new to me when I moved to the coast (we didn’t have it in Saskatchewan, at… Continue reading A Lent Conversation – Week 2

art, Poems by others, Poetry, Religious

A Lent Conversation

Do you keep Lent? Lent is a church season—a time of sober introspection in preparation for Easter—that my faith tradition mentioned only in passing. But I do love the idea of a faith calendar where one remembers and honours each season of faith at a set time each year. In the spirit of discovering, appreciating,… Continue reading A Lent Conversation

Bible journaling, Poetry

Promises for new beginnings #BibleJournaling

The day after Labour Day (that would be today) always feels like an end and a beginning: summer vacation has officially ended, the new school year begins. New brings excitement and anticipation. But it can also hold dread, worry, and anxiety, especially for students and their parents. Two passages that have meant a lot to… Continue reading Promises for new beginnings #BibleJournaling

Poetry

Inscribers—FellowScript wants your poems!

Last summer I accepted the position of Poetry Editor for FellowScript, the quarterly publication of Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship.  This post is updated from what was first published in August of last year with current theme information for upcoming issues. Inscribe members*—we’d love to publish your poems! Please submit your poems (traditional or free verse;… Continue reading Inscribers—FellowScript wants your poems!

Poetry, Writing News

Borrowed Gardens – new poetry anthology

It's here at last--the project that's been in the works for over a year! And just in time for Christmas too. Borrowed Gardens Authors: Bertoia, Jeannine; Fisher, Tracie; McNulty, Del; Nesdoly, Violet Publisher: SparrowSong Press (printed by First Choice Books), December, 2014, Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 978-1-77084-501-5 About the Book (cover text) "A collection of… Continue reading Borrowed Gardens – new poetry anthology

Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing for kids, Writing Life, Writing News

And we’re off! (#ICWriters)

2014 is off to a great start! Writing has changed a lot since I sold my first article in 1997. Then it was a solo business for me. I was in the middle of taking a writing course and submitted those first pieces to see if I actually had what it took. It was all… Continue reading And we’re off! (#ICWriters)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Poetry

A Garden to Keep (review)

A Garden to Keep by Jamie Langston Turner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Elizabeth Landis makes the decision to become a Christian on a Sunday just hours before she discovers her husband is having an affair. Jamie Langston Turner’s novel A Garden to Keep is the story of the next four months. It is… Continue reading A Garden to Keep (review)

Fiction, Poetry, Writing Prompts, Writing resources

March prompt: wind

What's the saying for March--"In like a lamb, out like a lion," or "In like a lion, out like a lamb"?  The implication is that March is a windy month. Wind is no stranger to the Bible. It is mentioned for the first time in Genesis 8:1 when God sent a wind to help dry… Continue reading March prompt: wind