Tentative

Tentative My Monday’s newsletter (which goes out by email) featured the letter T this week; I’ve been going through the alphabet and finding inspirational thoughts with each letter. So we talked about trust, and tea for two, just for fun. But another T word started...

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Don’t Lose Heart

Don’t Lose Heart There’s nothing like a pandemic to make one extra vigilant. Even though it seems we are through the worst of it, I know of a number of loved ones, friends, and others who have come down with the virus in recent days. Working in a hospital, I find...

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A time to Mourn

There was an awesome picture I saw recently, an artist’s rendition of an elder lady dancing with her cane.  The suggestion was that if we all start the day that way, life might look differently.  I was inspired by that, but most mornings, I forget to dance. This is a...

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Do Clouds have an Expiry Date?

My thoughts were full of words and pictures this morning, and I quickly wrote them down before they fell out of my brain into oblivion. Another gift of a Thursday; it was just Monday! So here’s some thoughts on life for a Thursday morning. Life Life scurries by May...

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September Song

An ode to September, the changing of seasons. There always seems a shift this time of year, new beginnings, calendars filling up with new schedules. Some enjoy the return to routine and regular rhythms.  But I always feel a bit of melancholy as we say goodbye to...

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The Ebbing of Summer

Whilst I say spring is my favourite season, it is summer I like to hang on to. It is not the heat which has been constant. It is the light, the long days, the permission, or so it seems to slow down to have some fun to spend time outdoors. Of course we can do that at...

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Eraser

Erase.   By my favourite chair, where I like to curl up and doodle, is an array of pens and pencils and one of my most useful tools, an eraser. I use it everyday, adjusting my sketches, erasing pencil lines where I want to paint. Years ago (and this dates me) there...

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The Gift of a New Day

The Gift of a New Day Early mornings are a treasure to me.  I’m a wake up slow kind of girl, not the jump out of bed and get with it kind. In my work, I see a lot of death. Some face it serenely, even long for it, others fight with all they have to remain here.  These...

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Moments of Joy

I’ve been collecting moments of joy. At the beginning of this year, I chose a word for 2022, as I have done for many years, and my word is JOY.  I will freely admit that sometimes I’ve wondered about this word.  Like many of you, I’ve seen a lot of suffering, I don’t...

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A Rant – About Mosquitoes

I’m not sure if a rant is a poetry form, although an ode is. The mosquito would have preferred to be the lone star of this post, but I would not allow it… No, this rather silly, breaking all the rules poem, is about flowers and beauty, and yes, the pesky mosquito....

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When Life Disappoints

When life Disappoints Years ago Erma Bombeck wrote a book called “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Funny, but true. For some, it seems as if life is a series of disappointments, even tragedy. Some seem to handle it well while others live in...

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Nostalgia – an Ode to a High Chair

An ode today…. To a high chair.  It’s the stuff of memories, fun to share.   Nostalgia This high chair has been hiding in my basement. Behind cobwebs and stacked boxes of whatnots, Christmas decorations luggage just waiting for a vacation. I thought about it this high...

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Breathing

A freestyle poem this week… Thursday came upon me, and I woke up thinking… I forgot to blog!  Not that the world would stop, or anyone would notice.  But it has become a discipline for me, a rhythm in my weeks. I’ve enjoyed exploring poetry styles in the last weeks....

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Weed Control

Weed control is a bit unrealistic given our recent rains.  They are prolific!!! And I will not write an ode for them, they don’t need the encouragement. So this couplet rhyme is more of a protest.  The good thing is that it inspired me to paint… weeds. They started as...

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A Sonnet for You

When I think of sonnets, I’m transported to some of the novels I’ve read, like Little Women, or Pride and Prejudice.  Everything seemed proper back then, and a sonnet certainly fit into that properness with its rhyme sequence.  So I poured myself a cup of tea,...

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Lighten up with a Limerick! 😁

If you are unfamiliar with a limerick, let me refresh you.  And be prepared to be amused. According to Wikipedia a limerick is a form of verse, usually humorous and frequently rude, in five-line, trimeter with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second...

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Praying with a Villanelle

Praying with a Villanelle Now there is a catchy title! I love that we can communicate with the One Who made us, anytime or anywhere. Prayer is a posture of the heart toward the Holy. It is listening, lamenting, praising and expressing ourselves in word, song or even a...

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Lament – a poem of sadness

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I have been exploring forms of poetry.  A lament is one of those, unique more for its content than style. A lament is an honest reflection or cry of sadness, expressed in a poem or song, or words.  Psalms like Psalm 13 and...

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Ode to 🍓 Strawberries

We are on the cusp of June, with strawberries budding and forming fruit.  Even though we are very spoiled by fruit in every season, thanks to long haul trucking and our amazing food chain, there is absolutely nothing like biting into a fresh local strawberry. This...

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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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