My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.

Hello, April

Hello, April

 “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” — Proverb


After an Easter Sunday blessed with sunshine and spring flowers suddenly appearing throughout our yard, we awoke today to yet another snowy landscape.  It fell heavily all morning, leaving me no choice but to seek spring indoors.


"Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy."          ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Fortunately, I had cut some forsythia branches early last week so that I could force them open in time for Easter.  They provided much needed cheer during this wintery day.  When I was younger, I pooh-poohed these harbingers of spring; they were everywhere our neighborhood and I took them for granted.  I was unable to appreciate their soft beauty, the fragility of each blossom.

To me they were just a tangled mess of bushes, lining the street where I lived.


"The amen of nature is always a flower." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Now, I impatiently wait for them to blossom each spring.  They are the first buds to appear towards the end of March and I have learned not to take them for granted.  Their cheery yellow flowers reassure me that, yes, spring is really coming.  For me they symbolize rebirth and renewal, and are a reminder that sometimes change is a good thing, something to welcome rather than fear.

How I love the changing of the seasons!  As I grow older I notice myself aligning more and more to the earth's rhythms.  I'm more quiet during the winter, inwardly focused, nesting in our cozy home, a book never far from my side.  In spring I itch to get outside, to walk, to garden, to make plans with friends and family.  Summer and I still struggle; I fight against the heat and humidity and have not yet learned how to make friends with it.  My energy wanes during the summer months.  I welcome the autumn because of its cooler days and comfortable evenings.  

But I digress.  Now it is spring and I am full of hope.  As I finish this post the snow is already melting, and I look forward to tomorrow.

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I also want to remind you that this Friday will be the second in a series of book talks with kindred spirits who live a readerly life.  I know you will enjoy my interview with Karen, knitter extraordinaire and author of the lovely blog, Pumpkin Sunrise!




Book Talk

Book Talk

Just Ten Things

Just Ten Things