Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Finding peace in a time of conflict...

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

— Wendell Berry

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

"The Facebook Sonnet" by Sherman Alexie

Welcome to the endless high-school
Reunion. Welcome to past friends
And lovers, however kind or cruel.
Let's undervalue and unmend
The present. Why can't we pretend
Every stage of life is the same?
Let's exhume, resume, and extend
Childhood. Let's all play the games
That occupy the young. Let fame
And shame intertwine. Let one's search
For God become public domain.
Let become our church.
Let's sign up, sign in, and confess
Here at the altar of loneliness.

*Reprinted from The New Yorker, May 16, 2011.
Sherman Alexie is a writer of poems and stories. His most recently-published works are Face and War Dances.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Historic Pocatello Lore....


This little lady resides atop a building in Old Town. The tile was placed sometime in the 1920's, during Prohibition. Most probably the place was a Speak Easy and her picture signaled those interested that the building housed 'ladies of the night'. I'm told there are other tiles around Old Town. I'm planning to take the 'historic tour' which should peel back more of the interesting history in this old town...more later.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011


Icy windowpane
Feathery art to enjoy
nature's gift to me
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Monet Refuses The Operation by Lisel Mueller

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
caused by old age, an affliction.
I tell you it has taken me all my life
to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,
to soften and blur and finally banish
the edges you regret I don't see,
to learn that the line I called the horizon
does not exist and sky and water,
so long apart, are the same state of being . . .

Excerpted from 'Lastingness: The Art of Old Age' by Nicholas Delbanco

Monday, January 10, 2011

Making peace...


I've made peace with the winter and the cold. I've come to like the vigor and exhilaration of the air; the urge to walk 'smartly'. I like the food...stews, chili, cassoulet, hot chocolate or Baileys in my coffee. I like the clothes..the scarves, layers of warm woolly stuff, boots. Even enjoy shoveling snow (tho that's on hold for a bit), long afternoons inside with crafts and artwork, a good mystery read under a cozy afghan, coffee and conversation with friends in a warm kitchen. A peaceful time.
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About Me

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The quote "Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" by Twyla Tharp, best describes the attraction to every part of the painting process for me. Having painted for nearly 25 years intermittently while raising 3 valuable citizens, I took up the endeavor nearly fulltime in 1990. Soaking up art history and technique books, taking workshops with Coleman Cohen, Gifford Nicolaides, Susan Gallagher, Michelle Chrisman, J. K. Drummond, Leo Neufeld, Joe Lorusso. My inspiration is whatever touches my heart. I admire the work of The Boston Women's Artists Guild, the California Impressionists and such contemporary artists as Greg Kreutz, Susan Lyon, Thomas Buechner, Clyde Aspevig. I keep my drawing board occupied with plans for still lifes, floral portraits, and scenes from travels; keeping my enthusiasm vital and fresh.