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)

Bible journaling, Biblical Art, Quotes

Psalm 23 — a lifetime in my Bible margin #BibleJournaling

I’ve read Psalm 23 many times (perhaps you have too). And so when I saw that David Kitz gave it two chapters in his book Psalms Alive,* I was curious what he’d all find to say about these six familiar verses. After reading it, my chapters now have many red underlines. Several of those quotes… Continue reading Psalm 23 — a lifetime in my Bible margin #BibleJournaling

Personal, Religious, Spiritual Journey Thursday

Nourished by music (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Today is the first Thursday of September and time for the monthly Spiritual Journey Thursday post. This month we’re hosted by Ramona, who is discussing her one-little-word for 2017 - NOURISH (what a fabulous word!). One of the first things that comes to mind as soul and spirit nourishment for me is music. Though its… Continue reading Nourished by music (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Bible journaling, Biblical Art

Sing … #BibleJournaling

Music plays a big part in my life. When I’m not doing brain intensive work, I almost always have music playing. I do listen to some oldies from the past, but mostly praise, worship, and gospel music is the sound track of my life. The challenge to do an art journal project on Psalm 98—a… Continue reading Sing … #BibleJournaling

Bible journaling, Personal, Prayer

Surrounded by songs #BibleJournaling

I’ve found several Bible verses to go along with my 2017 word LISTEN. One is Zephaniah 3:17: “The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Isn’t that beautiful? I had… Continue reading Surrounded by songs #BibleJournaling

Ekphrastic, Objects, Religious

Tambourine

HE IS RISEN HE IS RISEN INDEED! Tambourine (Inspired by “THE DANCE” a painting by Donna Smallenberg) Strike me with your hand beat me on your hip join harp and lyre band rejoice with voice and lip Jingle glad hello Celebrate goodbye Let the worship flow Praises vault the sky Hear approaching song of tambourine… Continue reading Tambourine

Christmas, Haiku, Poetry Friday

Christmas Snapshots #haikuforhealing

Though I haven’t joined in on Poetry Friday for a couple of weeks, I’ve enjoyed reading the #haikuforhealing (Mary Lee Hahn’s idea)  that keep popping up in my Twitter feed and various blogs this December. Today I’m  bringing my little haiku side-dish to the potluck. Christmas Snapshots #haikuforhealing Road choked with cars. She signals merge—let… Continue reading Christmas Snapshots #haikuforhealing

Form poems, Pantoum, People, Poetry Friday

pulse

pulse “Music to me is like breathing— I don’t get tired of breathing, I don’t get tired of music” - Ray Charles music is the moon-pull of the blood it snares the heartbeat in hypnotic rhythms of smoky blue jazz it snares the heartbeat with swaying taproots of smokin’ hot jazz while husky voices croon… Continue reading pulse

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Prelude for a Lord (review)

Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot My rating: 5 of 5 stars Lady Alethea Sutherton, main character in Camille Elliot’s regency romance Prelude for a Lord, is a social misfit, not only because of her suitorless old maid status, but because of her musical interest in the violin which is thought entirely unladylike. For… Continue reading Prelude for a Lord (review)

Poetry

When song reverberates past the notes

On Saturday night I experienced a rare confluence of two loves—music and poetry. It was my sister-in-law who alerted us to the fact that Steve Bell was in town. So we bought tickets and caught him in Surrey at only the second stop on his Keening for the Dawn (new Christmas album) tour. Steve, if… Continue reading When song reverberates past the notes