finding hope

Finding Hope at Christmas after Losing Someone You Love

Glitter and gold, presents, lighted candles and trees, and lots of food all represent the Holiday season. For most of us, it’s that time of year where our hearts open a little wider. We look forward to gathering with family and others we love. But for almost all of us at different times, Christmas will not always be joyous, but leaving us with a deep yearning for what was. If you’ve lost someone, especially in the last year, I want...


Words on Wisdom and 4th Painting in Spirit Birds Series

Wisdom takes a lifetime to acquire, and many never do. Wisdom strives to know oneself. Even if it comes with a high cost. Wisdom is not taking pride in dogma, and always believing you are right. Wisdom is able to admit that you are wrong when you are. Widom is putting forth the hard work of sorting out the truth, yet knowing you’ll likely never get there. Wisdom is knowing what’s right for you, even when no one else stands...


Peace – 3rd in Spirit Bird Series

Peace….. Peace can be that calming spirit you feel in the presence of a child. Peace is the certainty that everything will somehow be okay. Peace is believing that there is a higher power or God that is pure goodness. Peace is knowing you made the right decision, no matter what someone else thinks. Peace is living a life of integrity. Peace is trusting that God is love. Peace can be a gift – such as that calm you feel,...

The Big Ball in the Sky

The Big Ball in the Sky

After that beautiful solar eclipse last Monday, I’ve been reminiscing about my childhood, and my love for the moon. Dad had a telescope and many summer nights were spent with us looking at the moon and planets.  I was so in awe with it all. This was in the late 60s, but his telescope was pretty powerful.  We could see the craters on the moon, and Dad taught me to know the difference between planets and stars.  The stars, even...

Letting Go to Grab Hold

Lessons from the Hummingbirds

I’ve been studying and watching hummingbirds now for the last few years. Every year we have several that come to our feeder over a hundred times a day. This feeder sits right off our back porch so it’s easy to get to know them. We even name them. This year, so far we only have Julius and Brownie. But some years we have more that claim our feeder as theirs. Before I knew better, I thought hummingbirds were the sweetest,...

muffin tops

Muffin Tops

Once upon a time, my stomach behaved, no matter what I fed her, inside my pants she very politely stayed. No more is this the case, sad but true Now she looks more like a big pot of barbeque stew. She misbehaves badly, giggling, jiggling and wiggling And it’s not that I necessarily need a body that’s sizzling. But come on, I at least want my stomach to sit inside that latest pair of mom jeans I recently bought to...

I think I can
Chocolate Cake

Honing in on My Art Sytle (Hopefully)

I’ve been painting for three years now, and especially lately, I feel the need to paint my heart.  I love painting all things, including every commisioned painting I’ve ever done.  I’ve painted dog protraits, and flag poles, and even ghouls on commission lately.  And I’m thrilled to do each one of them. But in between, I’m trying to lean in to different scenes that appeal to me.  The ones that call to me to paint them. I scan tons of images...