POETRY IN MOTION: Faith in my Forties

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Poetry seemed like an impossibility when I was barely thirty and raising a young family. My new year’s resolutions were the closest thing to poetry I had written for some time when my mom, an artist and author, (part poet, part prophet) gave me a book by an acquaintance of hers who had written about … Continue reading

POETRY | Saturday

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wild watermelon hard candy my favorite flavor tastes like happy to me   like sunshine clear skies and good tunes on long country drives all alone   books filling bookshelves and not checking e-mail both make me smile on the inside   saturday morning coffee with a good friend and fresh air weekends   laughter … Continue reading

Writer’s Block, Procrastination & Vulnerability: An Introduction

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My parents and I sat together enjoying the warm Florida breeze wafting in through the open windows and sharing our thoughts with each other about life, meaning, our passions (namely, writing) and purpose (specifically, sharing our stories), and our different yet intersecting journeys.  Yes, we actually talk like that in my family. Then while I sat, … Continue reading

Beach Day

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Bright blue beach umbrellas.  Hot sand between my toes, walking toward the welcoming water.  Dark wash jeans rolled up, wide cuff just above ankles transform into shorts just above knees; flip-flop sandals slip into each back pocket. Bent over the dancing shallow water searching for seashells. Surf boards.  Sparkling water.  Sand pipers in the shallows. I’m pulled into … Continue reading

POETRY | Dream Girl

I once knew a girl in every way beautiful Brimming with so much passion and potential Bright green eyes deep full of meaning and sparkle She showed her happiness with a dimple When she smiled full of pleasure   She was so beautiful, this girl I remember Bursting with laughter and good humor Quick witted … Continue reading

Why I Don’t Like Labels

I don’t like labels, of any variety.  I peel them off water bottles and cut them off my sweaters.  When I write, I turn my pen so I don’t see the imprinted brand; reading those words distracts me from the words I’m trying to write.  They irritate me in so many ways.  In clothing they … Continue reading

WORTHY MUSIC | Beethoven for Back to School

Music: Classical Music Playlist for Studying

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a blog post featuring a link to a great collection of classical music; intended to be played in the background to help you study.  It was originally posted on CBC Music around the end of the school year when many students were studying for their final exams.  Since the … Continue reading

POETRY | Stranded in Plenty

Stranded in Plenty Poem

Plasma rich in plenty Intrinsic and petrified Within ourselves We relied Or tried We lied Tried to hide Then broke down (inside) Our caves and our castles Despite our convictions Contradictions play Before our eyes We are blinded (by) Pride and vanity All is meaningless Of course unless Dare I protest? Do my best Without … Continue reading

Children’s Book Week 2013

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As Children’s Book Week comes to a close for this year I thought it might be of some interest to give an overview of what we have been reading in our home.  The Canadian Children’s Book Week was observed the first week of May here in our part of the globe but the original celebration, … Continue reading

Of Silence, The Sunshine State, Favorite Songs & Saving Stories

Seagull

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe Pick one: a. Blog identity crisis b. Writer’s block c. Hiatus d. Extended vacation e.  All of the above BTW, the answer is e.  “all of the above” and I’ll tell you more about it so just keep reading. It’s good to be back!  Did ya miss me? *grin* So where … Continue reading

WORTHY VIDEO | Sir Ken Robinson: Building a Culture of Innovation

“Finding the Catalyst for the Education Revolution” Sir Ken Robinson at the 9th Annual AERO Conference It was my pleasure to discover

Drawing With Children

Drawing With Children

If I had to recommend only one book (yeah, like that’s ever going to happen) for teaching children how to create realistic drawings this book would be my first choice: Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. I have used this book myself and have given it to my children to read on their own (even … Continue reading

A Clement Season

Clement: 1. mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate 2. (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant. Related: Clemency: 1. Lenience, mercifulness, lenity, leniency, grace, charity, pardon, decency, favor, kindliness, kindness, benevolence, compassion, easygoingness and humanity are some words that are synonymous to clemency. 2. Clemency indicates mildness, especially for weather conditions. In … Continue reading

Happy Epiphany!

Scripture memory choices for 2013… Ephesians, Colossians or finishing Philippians?  The children have not yet memorized Psalm 1 or 23.  What shall we say then?  For we know that Romans 5-8 are also fantastic chapters where grace abounds. Aha!   How appropriate that on this Epiphany Sunday I would have an epiphany of my own.  In … Continue reading

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