Form poems, Kids, People, Personal, Spiritual Journey Thursday

Special Day (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Welcome to Spiritual Journey (first) Thursday, hosted here today. This month we’re exploring the topic “special days.” Following my thoughts, below, is a widget where you can leave the link to your post. Somebody's turning seven! (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly) The look on the face of my four-year-old granddaughter—of excitement, anticipation, I’m-ready-for-the-spotlight—said it… Continue reading Special Day (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Objects, Personal, Poetry Friday

Ghostly visible

Ghostly visible as winter’s “Fresh Blueberries” summer’s Christmas scene © 2017 by Violet Nesdoly *********** I photographed the Christmas scene above last August when we were visiting the kids up north. I wondered how many times I had passed it and not even seen it. It made me think of other things we see and… Continue reading Ghostly visible

Book Reviews, Christian fiction

Twenty-One Candles (review)

Twenty-One Candles: Stories for Christmas by Mike Mason My rating: 5 of 5 stars Mike Mason (Canadian author of The Mystery of Marriage, Champagne for the Soul and the Blue Umbrella fantasy series for kids) has a personal tradition of writing a Christmas story every year. This book is 21 of those stories, collected into… Continue reading Twenty-One Candles (review)

Children's, Non-fiction, Personal, Writing for kids

A Child’s Christmas in Saskatchewan

It's Christmas Eve, the time our thoughts turn to all things holy—and presents! How crass. But how real, especially if you're a kid. A few weeks ago when I was cleaning out some papers, I came across a picture book I wrote and illustrated way back when. It was one of my course requirements at… Continue reading A Child’s Christmas in Saskatchewan

Book Reviews, Fiction

Cecile’s Christmas Miracle (review)

Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas Volume 7 by Ruth L. Snyder My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cecile’s preparations for Christmas this year are nothing like they were last year when she lived in Alberta. Now, as a nurse working with the San Bushmen people of Botswana, she’s covering up to protect herself from… Continue reading Cecile’s Christmas Miracle (review)

Objects, Poetry Friday

Christmas on the West Coast

Christmas on the West Coast Twigs stunning in diamonds doors lined running pearls scribble reindeer all lit up under Christmas tree swirls. Balconies wearing ruby emerald, agate bling like necklaces, bracelets scarves, pins and a ring. Roof lines cascade ice lights twinkle bells and bright stars. Windows beam the old story. Velvet antlers deck cars.… Continue reading Christmas on the West Coast

Biblical Art

Advent project

I'm excited to be going through Advent with Ann Voskamp's beautiful book The Greatest Gift! It's a Jesse Tree project where each day's reading adds another bit to the story of Jesus' family tree. There are 25 decorations too, one to go with each day's reading (sorry, you have to buy the book to get… Continue reading Advent project

Writing Prompts

December prompt: light

In my part of the world December, and Christmas, take place during the darkest part of the year.  Our December days are short, the nights long. Perhaps that's one reason lights are such a big part of our Christmas decor. When I think about the spiritual aspect of Christmas and light, one of the first… Continue reading December prompt: light

Found, Poetry Friday, Religious

The (not so) secret message of Christmas

The (not so) secret message of Christmas Unto us a child is given. O come let us adore Him! Yea, Lord, we greet Thee Emmanuel; His name is called Emmanuel. Veiled in flesh the God-head see. O holy night! Light and life to all He brings. I wonder as I wander. © 2013 by Violet… Continue reading The (not so) secret message of Christmas