Happy New Year! I realize today is January 1 and New Year’s greetings are resounding throughout the world. January 1 means a clean slate, a fresh start, a brand new year to get some things done and get some other things right. In those various ventures, I “wish above all that you would prosper and … Continue reading Happy Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
I sent the final letters for Love Notes 20 this morning. Sigh. I’ll send postcards periodically to my Love Notes pals while we wait for the next round, but the return to work tomorrow and preparation for the 2017-18 academic year means I must take a short break from my role as a snail mail revolutionary and focus on the life … Continue reading Hello Beautiful!
I need a break from all the things, but since I can’t take a break from all the things, I’m taking a break from some of the things–the things over which I actually have some control. My blog is one of those things. As much as I look forward to sharing a little beauty, writing … Continue reading Taking a Break, Recovering My Life
I received the most adorable tag this weekend! It came from my penfriend Connie S. I sort of coveted the tag when I saw it in a Facebook photo among several tags she crafted a few weeks ago for a “Little Wings and Tim Holtz” challenge on swap-bot. This one was an extra, so she … Continue reading Are You Happy with Your Story?*
The stage is bare; the crowds are gone. Lord, now’s the time I need your song to give me joy and certainty when no one else is watching me. “The Stage Is Bare.” Lyrics by Gloria Gaither and others Performed by Sandi Patty
A few years ago, following the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, President Obama said “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.” His argument was that we must back up our prayers with action–legislation that makes it difficult for individuals to purchase the type of weapons that can enact a massacre in seconds. “Thoughts … Continue reading Our Hearts Unhinged…
One of the most gorgeous mail packages I received this year came from my photog friend and art journaler, Diane W, aka midteacher on swap-bot. If you’ve been following along for a while, you might remember that she enjoys working her photographs into mixed media works of art using paint, fabric, paper, washi tape, and … Continue reading A Fortunate Find: A PhotoArt Journal
As I mentioned a month or so ago, I’ve been “doing art” to combat some of life’s stressors. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve been able to pull off. In fact, one of my friends loved my doodles and drawings so much that she chose one as her new logo. Wow–right? Thanks to artist … Continue reading Art Mail and Watercolor Therapy
I couldn’t make up my mind about what to write about for today’s microblog, so at first, I decided I wouldn’t post today at all. Then, almost miraculously [slight exaggeration], I happened across the postcard above sent for a “Poetry on Postcards” swap four years ago. The postcard features the artwork of Victorian artist John … Continue reading Acquainted with the Night: A Painting and a Poem
“If I had an extra hour every day I would…” That was one of the topics for “Postcards with Prompts,” a fun swap-bot postcard series I participated in last year. Swapper Susan sent the beach-themed postcard above with her response: If I had an extra hour every day, I would go to the beach and … Continue reading An Extra Hour? What Would You Do?