Have you heard of Abecedarian?

Recently a writing friend posted an abecedarian poem; I had never heard that name before. But I do love playing with the alphabet, and if you receive my weekly newsletter, you’ll know I have been featuring the letters of the alphabet. Since I’m learning different...

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A Ballad for You

A Ballad for You I’m taking this wonderful season of growth to learn some new forms of poetry, to be wild with my paintbrush. Last week I tried a couplet, this week I studied an ancient form of poetry, the ballad. The ballad is a traditional form of poetry that...

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Poetry and Posies

I wondered about what direction I should go with my blog in the next months … May is beautiful and springtime, but in my world, I am also immersed in memorials this month, some for those I cared deeply about. When I’m feeling melancholy I’m finding I want to paint, or...

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Easy as Pie

Who thought pie would be easy?  In fact, who came up with that saying anyway? When I think of making pie, I think of trying to achieve the flaky crust my mother created.  Not so easy. Pies were a staple in our house, loved by my father, and yes, all of us kids too....

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I grew a Garden in my Mind

It’s the time of year where gardeners are full of hopes and dreams, and plans to create and produce a garden. Some love flowers, others vegetables, others are landscape artists. Even after the disappointments of last year, the severe heat and drought, there is fresh...

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A Bright Sadness

Today I hold the tension of a bright sadness. It is Maundy Thursday, often a day of reflection as we head into the darkness of Good Friday. Yesterday, as I wandered in my little garden, I rejoiced again in the generous beauty of my forsythia bush, a blaze of colour...

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Eggstra special edition

Easter is just over a week away, and it’s time to think about decorating eggs Eggs signify new life, and people have been using them to create art for centuries.  My very earliest memory of decorating eggs was with my auntie who had come up from Vancouver to visit us...

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Birdsong

He sings to me telling me it’s spring. Every morning I hear his glad song. He is faithful, and I love to see him perched here, and there and we say hello. His glad song Is cheerful reminding me to give thanks. for a new day. My friend, Mr. Robin dignified in his red...

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Inspired by Courage

I’ve been following the Facebook posts of a grandmother named Maia, actually she just became a grandmother for the first time last week, a beautiful granddaughter born in a war-ravaged city in Ukraine. This woman, a world traveler and photographer, chronicles their...

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A prayer for St. Patrick’s Day

The Prayer of St. Patrick  March 17 is a good day to post a St. Patrick’s day thought. Yes, I’ll wear green and be thankful for my Irish friends. It is also a day to be reminded of the Saint behind this day, which is more known for its merry leprechauns, pots of gold...

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Another Sad Day

The news has been hard to watch lately, sitting in my easy chair watching the horror of war.  How do we express what we feel, process what we are seeing before our eyes, how do we help, when we feel helpless? The precious moments that come our way over the news waves...

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In the Mist

Sometimes words are hard to find, in times like we are living in. Words of hope in times of darkness. The mist seemed appropriate this morning, as I wrote: The mist The mist has sunk clouding my world wrapping it in gray Barking, the neighbour’s dog breaks the silence...

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A day for weeping

I wasn’t going to post today. The sadness of the world seems palpable, conflicts unresolvable, tensions unbearable. I found this recent post, which comforted me… and don’t you find that when we look back we can see the comforting hand of God in places least expected?...

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Just Because

“Why”, my kids often asked. I might give them an answer, but sometimes it was “just because”. At times, I’m tempted to ask why.  Ok, to be honest, I did today.  And it wasn’t the only day. And sometimes God seems silent. To the suffering.  To the disasters.  To the...

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Moments of Joy

Moments of Joy Every year, in recent years, I have chosen a word to live by.  And for the last couple of years I have designed and created a calendar around one of those words; an art piece to colour, for twelve months of the year. Joy became my word this year but so...

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Bound together

Bound together Celtic knots are hard to draw. I’ve tried a few, and it takes a lot of concentration and erasing and often second tries. I tried this one this week and after labouring over it for an hour, I just accepted it with its imperfections. And as I stared at it...

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Challenges and Commitments

Challenges and Commitments I love a good challenge. Something to inspire me, stretch me, spur me to try something new. Not all challenges become commitments though. New Years resolutions are well known for enthusiastic commitments that often fail. So I am reluctant to...

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And Spring Shall Come

Spring Shall Come  This past week held a day observed and documented by some as the saddest of the year.  Perhaps for some it was, January can drag on, like an endless winter.  It is a dark time for many, in more ways than one. When I was a teen I went through a...

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ASK

Ask I recently drew an acrostic of the verse “Ask, and it shall be given to you, Seek and you will find, Knock and the door will be opened to you.” As I doodled, I thought about the word “ask”. So much of our prayer lives are in the asking category. This verse...

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An epiphany of Joy

An epiphany of Joy Epiphany is one of my favourite words and it has a day named after it. January 6, marks Epiphany, often known as the revelation to the Wise men to follow the star to Bethlehem. The light guided them to Bethlehem, where prophesy was fulfilled, the...

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Restore our Hope Again

Restore Our Hope Again So here we are. On the threshold of 2022, not sure whether to celebrate (parties are cancelled), or mourn the year that was. For some, it is just another day, a change in the calendar, and we move along, carried by time. For others, a New Year...

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Christmas comes

  I wrote this simple Christmas poem some years ago, I’ve changed it a bit to reflect our Christmas season.  Thank you for sharing life with me and reading my blogs.  I pray that the true gifts of Christmas will be yours as we reflect and give thanks. and prayers and...

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You are Loved

You are loved It might be the most important message we hear. We are loved. I sometimes dare to ask the question when I am with troubled people . . . Often sick in heart, in body, in mind. “Do you love yourself?” The answer is often no, bordering on surprise that I...

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A Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas In the midst of hope, peace and joy, I’ve been feeling the blue. Have you? Years ago, as my husband was dying, I had to make a necessary grocery run, and the cheerful clerk said, “Have a happy day!” I mumbled my reply, fighting tears and fled. Happy...

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Looking for Joy

Looking for Joy I have to be very honest and admit, joy has felt scarce lately. Suffering and troubles seem the norm, personally, collectively, our planet is struggling. Depression is at an all time high, anxiety is commonplace, and weariness is like a cloak we wear,...

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Peace Within

Peace Within There is a prayer I pray every morning, and often pray with others. It’s actually a Bible verse, a beautiful blessing. “May the peace of God which passes all understanding, guard your hearts…” When I really think about it, peace is beyond my...

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Hanging on to Hope

As I write this, storms are again assailing our province in BC, and in the Atlantic provinces as well.  People in ravaged areas are bracing themselves once again for the fury of the storm. There's been so much tragedy lately, and I wrote about it last week.  We watch...

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A Day a Time in an Uncertain World

A day at a time in an Uncertain World How are you doing? Really? Does it seem like what next? What else can happen? There is anxiety. There is anger. There is exhaustion. There is deep weariness. The covid plague hangs on; for many it feels like we have been living...

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A Pacifist Remembers

A Pacifist Remembers Today, November 11 is a day we remember. We say thank you. We are grateful for the freedoms we know in our country. I grew up Mennonite.  Pacifist. But we always acknowledged this day with much gratefulness.  As a young girl, I remember gathering...

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A Haiku Reflection

Have  you ever read Haiku, perhaps written some in a school project?  I was thinking about this ancient form of poetry and thought I’d try to write some verses.  There is a discipline to it, 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and five in the third. I’ve...

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