nature, Poetry

Summer collection

I hope you're enjoying your summer! Here are a few summer poems for these end-of-July, beginning-of-August days along with a few photos of my town's whimsical umbrella display from last summer. HOLIDAYS Another newly minted coinrolls from the satin purse of nightadds yet more hours of wealthto the collectionof summertime perfection. © 2013 by Violet… Continue reading Summer collection

Religious, senryu, Shadorma, Spiritual Journey Thursday

“Summer” and “read” are synonyms (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Summer. Even saying the word makes me feel good. I think the magic of this season is so much a part me because of the rhythms of school ingrained from childhood. From my earliest memories it has always been ten months of school (September to June), two months of summer holidays (July and August)—the standard… Continue reading “Summer” and “read” are synonyms (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Book Reviews, Memoir, Prayer, Theology

A Traveler’s Advisory (review)

A Traveler's Advisory by Marcia Lee Laycock My rating: 5 of 5 stars In A Traveler's Advisory, author Marcia Laycock takes readers from the Arctic Circle to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and home again. Each of the 52 meditations draws spiritual lessons from a travel experience (sections are titled "In the Air," "On… Continue reading A Traveler’s Advisory (review)

Writing Life

Feeling burned out? Take a vacation

I’ve just returned from a three-week vacation. Therefore I’m as in-touch with being in holiday mode as I’ve ever been. I spend much of each workday on writing and writing-related activities so it was from these thing I wanted a holiday. I was ready for a break by the middle of June! I decided this… Continue reading Feeling burned out? Take a vacation

nature, Poetry Friday


Holidays Another newly minted coin rolls from the satin purse of night adds yet more hours of wealth to the collection of summertime perfection. © 2014 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved) ************** We’re recently back from holidays, which can sometimes feel other-worldly and too good to be true. We are also in the middle… Continue reading Holidays

nature, Personal


August Here already —with your brown lawns and leggy baskets blushing tomatoes and blackening berries, hairy, husky ears of corn? Your arrival means it’s time for our last summer fling on ferry boats to azure islands where we’ll walk beaches with nervous crickets and hungry wasps hunt shells, snap starfish read in the dappled shade… Continue reading August

Acrostic, light, Poetry Friday

Summer advice

Summer Advice Savor the moment Let your mind wander Only rise When you’re good and ready Don’t rush around Or meet any deadlines Wile away the day No pressure © 2014 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved) *************** It’s summer and I’m about to take my own advice. I will be taking a break from… Continue reading Summer advice

nature, Poetry Friday

Walk the Beach

Walk the Beach Set crickets flying from crabby grass and weeds shimmering on the sandy foreshore. Hop logs of driftwood forest clamber over algae-green rock tricky as black ice. Crunch broken shells jingle the shingle always at an angle. Spring-step spongy blackened sea grass squish onion bulbs of kelp. Take off shoes let soles read… Continue reading Walk the Beach

Ottava rima, Personal

Summer Plans

Summer Plans My mom has signed me up for summer camp. That’s twenty-one meals in the dining hall. It’s shivering in a towel that’s always damp and taking dares to scale the climbing wall. It’s harnessing to be the zip line champ contests of shooting with the basketball. Can’t wait for campfire and those yummy… Continue reading Summer Plans