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Living In Leisure

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin Greetings everyone! I’m excited to be back for my series Life: From A to Z and I’m moving right along… to the lovely letter “L.” The “L” word that caught my attention was LEISURE, and I’m so glad that it did. Some of the definitions […]

Kindred Spirits

I was feeling short winded this evening, so I thought a bit of poetry was in order. I have a few friends who I consider “kindred spirits,” and one of the most beautiful things about these types of connections is that words aren’t always necessary. The bond exists without effort. I’m afraid the image looks […]

A Jewel of a Journey

I’m back for a little Life: From A to Z and today I’m on the letter “J.” I love the word JOURNEY because it is such a beautiful way to describe life. Not to sound cliché, but… Life is a Journey. A Jewel of a Journey! I don’t know if young people see it the […]


It’s been about 50 days since my last post on Life: from A to Z and I’m happy to be back and coming at you with some of my latest news… “I” is for Intermittent Fasting I’m happy, and almost reluctant, to report that I’ve been experimenting with Intermittent Fasting for just over a month […]

Happening NOW

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.” —Eckhart Tolle THINGS ARE HAPPENING NOW! I’m really excited about the letter “H,” because things lit up when I thought of the word happening. After re-reading […]


Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Thich Nhat Hanh I’m back with my series Life: From A to Z, and I’m on the letter “G” today. I’ve decided that I don’t want to make a habit of being too wordy on these posts—not unless I have something riveting or profound […]

Over the Sea

Colors flow like rain, Birds take flight as wild winds blow, Perfect summer storm. Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Bird & Blow


WE POSSESS THE POWER, BUT HAVE TO LET GO TO FLY. —janet— This 11 word challenge was a little complicated, but I like the idea of being limited to just a few words. That being said, I hope my 11 word, self-made “proverb” makes sense. I could have done better with 3 or 4 more […]


“You have to look beyond the face, To see the person true, Deep down within my inner space, I am the same as you.” “I’ve seen compassion from the blind, Who think with open eyes. It’s those that judge me quick you’ll find, Are those that are unwise.” —Two excerpts from the poem Faceless, by […]

Endurance with Ease

In thinking about the letter “E,” the words energy and endurance came to mind. As I started working on my image, I wasn’t sure which one I was going to talk about, or what I would even say, so I created something that might tie the two words together. Obviously, this woman has energy, and […]


Life: From A to Z At the risk of sounding cliché, the letter “D” made me think of “dancing to the beat of your own drum.” I’ve noticed that my thoughts, views, and ideas about things seem to evolve with time, and I’ve looked at this particular phrase from different perspectives—in different eras. When I […]

Seaside Haiku

Sandy toes, bare feet, Hearts full of wonder and dreams, Find your rest in me. In keeping with my thoughts on “balance,” I thought it would be good to get away from the A to Z series and do something different. The old photograph is from a day at the beach with some of my […]

A Curious Thing

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. Plutarch I didn’t plan to use our cat “Gypsy” for my featured image, but when I thought about the word curiosity, the old phrase “curiosity killed the cat” came to mind. I’ve never cared for that idiom because I think […]

Life: From A to Z

Fill the page with the breathings of your heart. A quote by William Wadsworth with a minor tweak by yours truly. Happy 2021 Everyone! February is right around the corner and I am finally getting back in the groove with a new series. But first… An Update: We suffered a little setback here at the […]

It Takes Two

TO TANGO. A Wordless Wednesday Illustration for Everything Red.


When arms open wide, To welcome in the broken, Solace is embraced. Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Open & Solace


Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. JOSEPH CAMPBELL I thought about JOY all day, ever since I saw the prompt for RDP Saturday. I had visions of a glorious stained glass window—and what I imagined was quite beautiful. My mom and I finished our shopping today […]

A Date with Santa

AND IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S LATE! Well… it’s 2020, so that would end the year in a way that is par for the course. We laid out the red carpet for him and everything! And now that I mentioned “par for the course,” it would have been fun to put a hole out there in […]

Rustic Simplicity

I was excited to take part in this prompt (almost a day late), so I scanned through my images thinking I would find something rustic, like a tree in the woods. I saw the folder with scanned family photographs and found this one of my great great grandfather, and thought it would be so cool […]

The Window

There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there. ROBIN WILLIAMS One of the things I love about blogging is the places it takes our minds. I found this Robin Williams quote today while looking to see what fun things people had said about windows. I knew it was right the minute I […]

Feeling Festive

I’ve been missing the days of Everything Red. Since my writing time is limited until the holidays are over, and I’m back into the groove of images, I thought I’d resume the old series and try some new reds. I’ve been wanting to do a Countdown to Christmas of sorts, but wasn’t sure where to […]


I have a collection, Of masks that I wear. Some say “I’m OK,” Others show that I care. There’s a smart looking one, That I wear when I work, And one that looks angry, When someone’s a jerk. A seductress for fun, And a clown face for play, And you just never know, Which I’m […]

Lucid Dreams

IN MY LUCID DREAMS, IN A WORLD THAT HAS GONE MAD, HOPE IS FLUTTERING. I had one last image that I wanted to try before I take a break from illustrator. I’ll resume after Christmas with some new ideas. Hopefully. I got interested in this stained glass window look because I made a piece for […]

The Last Dance

I may have gone a little overboard with the “mock” glass effect here, but I wanted to see if I could make it look like real glass on this one. No one has ever accused me of being too subtle, that’s for sure. REFLECTIONS PART TWO—Postponed Indefinitely. I didn’t think about last night’s “reflection” prompt […]


PART ONE The first thing that I noticed about my featured image—once I finished it, uploaded it, and was able to see it up close and personal—were the imperfections. Some lines too thick, some too thin, and a few that need smoothing. I think some of that happened when I added the lighting effect. Regardless, […]


Children Playing. Lovers Dancing. Window Shopping. Hot Romancing. People Laughing. People Dying. Soldiers Marching. Mothers Crying. New Beginnings. Hearts Mending. Seasons Changing. Happy Endings. I’m so glad that I was able to come up with “Happy Endings” because I had NO idea how to end this poem. Endings are the hardest things to write—which might […]


I’m back for Day 3 of my “Write Something New Every Day” series. No poem tonight. I thought I would spend a little more time on imagery instead. I went a little crazy with color and I seriously had no idea what to make of this piece until I stopped to look at it for […]

The Morning After

Everything seemed brand new before, Our hearts were filled with laughter, But time has silenced what we had, And we’re caught in the morning after. Honestly, I expected my “write something new every day” resolution to yield happier results. I thought and thought about this feeling that I can’t shake, and tried to come up […]


If feels like the dead of winter, The leaves, they have lost their hues.  Birds are refusing to sing, and… The sun has a case of the blues. The streets, once bustling with magic, Cry out as the chill rushes in. Aching, like a jilted lover… Waiting to love once again. I’ve been working on […]


First of all, I want to say “Hello… it is good to be back!” Even if it’s only momentarily. For now. It’s been a little over a month since I’ve been active here on the blog. In traditional time, one month is not long at all, but by today’s standards – with social distancing and […]

I’m Reminded

I’m reminded, Of my younger days…  Growing up, Was on my mind…  A house,  A yard,  And picket fence. The perfect mate,  I hoped to find.  I’m reminded, Of growing older… Staying young, Was my desire… Smooth skin, Thin shape, Longevity. The extra income, That this required. I’m reminded, Of how far I’ve come… Looking […]

It’s My Party

Life is like a balloon. If you never let yourself go, you’ll never know how far you can rise. I’m featuring a new portrait today, inspired by Ragtag’s Word of the Day: Party. My great niece looks a little shy back there, hiding behind all of those balloons, but don’t let her appearance fool you. […]

Blow Me Down

Restless travelers, Summer winds whistle and whip, Westward journey ends. I may be going a little crazy with the ocean scenes and birds lately, but the gulls in this image were screaming the word “whip” to me. Can you here them? Anyway, we’re in the middle of a heat wave here, so anything that resembles […]

Treasure Fishing

One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions. I’ve had this image of some fishermen hanging out for a while now, and there’s something about it that I just love. That being said, I’ve gotten a little creative with the […]

Say what?

The dictionary is my friend, I’m never without meaning. The thesaurus is a wizard, Turns “picking” into “gleaning.” And when I’m feeling feisty, Schmutzwortsuche’s how I play it. I’m never at a loss for words, I just don’t know how to say it. Word of the Day Challenge: Schmutzwortsuche (shmootz-VOHRT-zoo-che)Verb: Looking up rude words in […]


Aging ivory goddess,  Edges decomposed,  Perfect imperfections,  Unguarded and exposed. Vulnerable and brittle, Beauty fades to rust, Love remains eternal, Body returns to dust. I’m getting to that age. The age when you realize that your petals are falling. Ha! Or the structure is weakening. I’m not fretting over it though… I’m seriously embracing every […]


As wings touch the sky, Fragments of eternity, Scatter ‘cross the sea. I have to admit that I’ve already visited my thesaurus twice today. Don’t ask me why I feel the need to confess this… it just feels right. Plus it explains why my haiku—written for Ronovan Write Haiku Challenge: Meet & Part —contains neither […]

In the Beginning

Let’s start anew! After 3 years and 10 months of being on this blog, and while suffering from COVID-itis (also known as having extra time and trying to make good use of it), I’ve decided… WHAT THE HECK, let’s go back to the beginning. Something I’ve realized is that our stories get old. They become […]

Lucky Horseshoes

PART TWO. “It’s time for bed you two.” Aurora shouted from the kitchen. “Five more minutes.” Davey said, making a face as he pulled the covers up over his head.  “Please mom,” Ethan pleaded, “Grandpa’s telling us a story.”  Aurora was smiling at the doorway now, drying her hands and nodding permission. “OK, but lights […]

Lucky Horseshoes

A SHORT STORY, PART ONE. The old man started coming around the day that Billy Clyde knocked me out. It was the end of third grade, right before summer break. School let out early and it was too muggy to take the bus. Burt, the driver, always sweat real bad and on days like this, […]

Give Thanks…

NO MATTER WHAT Hmmm… well isn’t that a wee bit grandiloquent?! Between the Word of the Day, grandiloquent, and the weekend writing prompt, peristeronic, I’m beginning to think that I need to keep a thesaurus and a dictionary at my desk!  Grandiloquent: Language or behavior is very formal, literary, or exaggerated, and is used by […]

Night Sky

Celestial sphere, Eternal light in the dark, Eyes fixed upon you. Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Eye & Light

Pigeon Play

Aristocratic urbanite,  Invisible ruler of the air, City dwellers and sophisticates, Ne’er concede that you are there. Peristeronic transient,  Lurking in the shadows,  ‘Neath the underpass. An epicurean scavenger, Devouring feasts, Foraged from the mass. Metaphoric peregrine, Prophetic symbol,  Sent from above. Your ancient meaning,  Oft misconstrued, Luminous messenger, Of luck . . . And […]


It’s official. The world revolves. Or is it evolves? For the last four and one-half months, I can literally use my fingers to count the number of times I’ve left the house to do something fun, interesting, or worthwhile. It wasn’t until the past month or so that the situation started to affect my mental […]

Dangerous Lies

Secrets encrypted, Lies decoded and exposed, Message self-destructs. Well that was an interesting prompt! And I may have just summed up 2020. So far. What is real, and what is fake? It’s so hard to say, but—as the haiku alludes—don’t look to the media for answers. As you will see in the credits below, the […]

Love’s Poetry

Nuances. The rhythm slows, Lights flicker, A room once bright, Is now dimly lit. Hearts ache, Bittersweet, The pieces laid out,  Never seem to fit. The clock races, Time stands still, A story ends, But will never quit. Weekend Writing Challenge: NuanceWord Count: 38 Image by Myriam Zilles from Pixabay

In my Dreams

Stargazer, Romanticist, Wishful thoughts and schemes. Nonconformist, Wanderer, I’ll see you in my dreams. Composite image and poem written for RDP Wednesday: Nefelibata Portuguese in origin, derived from “nefele” (cloud) and “batha” (a place to walk), it literally translates to “cloudwalker.” Noun – daydreamer; a person lost in imagination; an unorthodox person who doesn’t abide […]


Stop all the babbling,You big baboon. Just shut up…And kiss me you fool. A humorous reminder to talk nice to yourself today… Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Chimpanzee & Kiss Image by Andre Mouton from Pixabay

Coloring: Day 2

I’ve never been able to help the fact that I’m easily amused. I’m extremely grateful for this fact—especially during these past few days (or weeks, or months)—when it’s so easy to be moody. I know that my coloring projects aren’t “originals” but they are dear to me nonetheless, so I’m going to share them damn […]

Rise Above

Everything is fleeting. Whether big or small, Good or bad, Right or wrong, Happy or sad, Life is ever changing. You can still fly, You just need to flap a little harder. And once you rise above, The wind will catch your wings, And you will soar.

Inspiral Me

I’m happy to report that my inner child is still ageless. Well, I had a little fun today, and it made me feel like a kid again! I had some big ideas for art projects that I wanted to do, on Adobe Illustrator, and I couldn’t seem to get it together. So… I found some […]

No Strings Attached

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left. AUTHOR UNKNOWN I absolutely love that quote. If I had to live by it—on the other hand—I’d be in big trouble. Ha! A part of me is joking, laughing at my own […]

Eyes on the Ball

On top of the world, The world’s at your fingertips, Keep eyes on the ball. The featured image is a fun little composite piece that I made for my haiku. It was originally about “insignificance,” but the man on top looked too large to be unimportant. An oversized ego perhaps! As it turns out, I […]

Free at Sea

Day after day, He drenched her with love, And she was nothing but cavalier. He tried and he tried, But to no avail, Until his breaking point was near. She woke one day, To find he had gone, She had driven him from his turf. He stood and he stared, As the waves crashed down, […]



Things aren’t exactly normal right now, And I’m afraid I’ve lost my bearings. So I will wait here, Be still, And know. Three Things Challenge: Normal, Exactly, Bearings Photo by me. A little seagull near the ocean, sitting tight and sitting pretty. Enjoy your weekend everyone!


In Our Hands

We weave the pattern, Love dwindles, or ripples out, It is in our hands. As you can see, I’m still experimenting with my portrait/visual communication ideas here. This is actually a fun and entertaining way to spend my “at home” time, but I still find myself rushing to get things done as if there is […]

Better Together — Out of the Ashes

It is DAY ONE here at Out of the Ashes, a brand new collaboration in it’s infancy stage, and we welcome you to come and follow us along. Life is full of “new beginnings,” and many of our contributors have been there—oftentimes more than once. With our combined talent, creativity, knowledge and experience we hope […] […]

Rising Up in the Dark

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. CARL JUNG This is one of the most exciting posts I’ve written in a while. Since face masks make me feel sick, and they’re still required everywhere you go here in Los […]


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