People, Personal, Poetry, Quotes

“Portrait of my mother at twenty” – a poem

Sunday is Mother’s Day—I’m sure I don’t need to remind you! Mother’s Day reminds me of my own mother and the fact that it’s already 15 years ago that I gave her her last Mother’s Day card. She died about six weeks after Mother’s Day in 2006. I still miss her, though signs of her… Continue reading “Portrait of my mother at twenty” – a poem

Bible journaling, Biblical Art, Personal

Love everlasting (#BibleJournaling)

"I have loved you with an everlasting love..." - Jeremiah 31:3 This is the verse on which the Rebekah R. Jones' Original Bible Art Journaling Challenge series, Week 36 is based. As soon as I saw the word “everlasting” I thought of dried flowers, which are sometimes called everlastings. My mom used to grow gorgeous… Continue reading Love everlasting (#BibleJournaling)

People, Religious, Spiritual Journey Thursday

Gospel Choir Newbie and other reflections on music (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

I cannot remember a time when music wasn’t part of my life. The steel-backed Heintzman that I grew up with— that my mom played with flowing chords and that I attacked at 6 a.m. to practice scales, arpeggios and four-note chords in my Royal Conservatory days—still lives with me. One of my earliest memories is… Continue reading Gospel Choir Newbie and other reflections on music (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Poetry Friday, writing

Preserving

Tomorrow is April 1st. As I write that I feel a frisson of excitement. April is National Poetry Month (in Canada, the U.S. and perhaps other places too). This April, as I’ve done during the last several Aprils, I’m planning to drop other projects and works-in-progress and concentrate on poetry. Yes!! Last year I wrote… Continue reading Preserving

Poems by others, Poetry Friday

Collins and Canada

I’m delighted to be joining the celebration of former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and his 76th birthday on March 22nd. (Thanks to  Heidi Mordhorst and others for the suggestion and heads-up on this!) Though I don’t have any complete books of Billy Collins’ poetry, I’ve come across many of his poems online and have… Continue reading Collins and Canada

Personal, Poetry Friday

Un-Hallmark Mother

Un-Hallmark Mother While I gifted icon carnations and Hallmark lines, “Mother” to me smelled of duty and mothball wisdom. She my root of conscience, scruple permission to pursue the chaotic then, like her, to sort and label. I lived for her sideways compliments overheard in conversations with her friends. Her widow-grief broke down walls: She… Continue reading Un-Hallmark Mother

People, Personal

I Remember … (NPM ’16-Day 30)

I Remember… I remember the holes in the green roll-down blinds and how they looked like a starry sky. I remember caramel-colored fly paper hanging twisty from the ceiling dotted with black. I remember making cakes and cookies when we got to play with water in the sandbox. I remember lying sick on the couch… Continue reading I Remember … (NPM ’16-Day 30)

Personal

Learning to Skate

Poet Maureen Doallas tagged me this morning in a poetry-writing meme. Her poem, "Learning to Jump Rope," is based on Lisa Hesselgrave's painting Jump Rope Pink Room. I took my inspiration for the poem below from these lines in Maureen's poem: “your wrists will begin to ache / at a quarter to three…” As I… Continue reading Learning to Skate

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

Writing Prompts

November prompt – remember

We've entered November--the month in which we set aside a special day to remember our country's soldiers. In Canada we call it Remembrance Day. We commemorate by wearing flocked red poppies in the weeks leading up to November 11th and on the day, gathering at cenotaphs throughout the country to lay wreaths, pray prayers, and… Continue reading November prompt – remember