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Painting Poppies


This year my step-daughter and her husband asked me to create a painting for them. They wanted an image of poppies blowing in the wind. Perfect I thought. They had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary – it would be a gift from my spouse and I. The space where it will hang requires a …

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Mother Earth’s Day?


Tonight I’ll be reading at a special annual event to honour mothers. Walking in My Mother’s Shoes involves musicians, visual artists and writers, all contributing their unique talents.  In addition to my written piece, I created  the painting, Mother Earth – View of Africa, (featured above) for the event. This year as I thought about …

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Operation 365


Please take a look at Richard Radstone’s new project, Operation 365 and consider participating. http://operation-365.org/ We have a shared humanity…let’s talk about it!!

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Interview-365: “We are all in the same sand box”


Originally posted on Operation-365:
We’re happy to share our second response to Interview-365, Wendie from Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Thank to all who are beginning to take part in our survey. As soon as we hit the first fifty responses, we’ll publish the link to the demographic statistics. That way we’ll begin to see the scope…

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A Place as Seen by a Woman in Love


Part poetry, part prose. This is actually a piece I wrote some months ago but it felt like the right one to post today. Hope you enjoy! A place as seen by a woman in love Fluid as mercury, yet hard as steel Powerful as the birth of a new star deep in the heavens …

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Art, Art, Art!!!! A Whirlwind Week


Andrea Mossop Last week I spent an amazing 5 days with an inspiring teacher at “Shades of Pale”, a course in acrylic painting offered by Haliburton School of the Arts (HSTA) (http://flemingcollege.ca/school/haliburton-school-of-the-arts) at their offsite location in Huntsville, Ontario. Our teacher, Andrea Mossop, from St Lawrence College in Brockville, where she has  taught full-time for 38 years, offers …

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A Glorious Day to Say Goodbye


Yesterday we said goodbye to Joyce, the beloved cousin and friend of those who gathered by her graveside. Our numbers were small but our love immense. This  special woman touched each of us and changed us forever. Although Joyce passed away in November, her cousin delayed interment of her ashes until the spring when we …

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The Most Difficult Writing – A Eulogy for My Friend


In my post, The Case for a Gravestone (March 1, 2012), I write about the upcoming interment of my close friend Joyce’s ashes. As part of the service, I planned to share some thoughts about Joyce, our relationship, who she was and the impact  she had on the world. Weeks ago, I started thinking about …

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The Case for a Gravestone


Have you ever wandered through a cemetery reading the engravings on the headstones? JOHN W. SMITH JAN. 25, 1876 – JUL. 3, 1917 A TRUE FRIEND A life summed up in four short lines. We are born, we live, we die, we leave something behind. All of those souls buried beneath their grave markers contributed …

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It’s Valentine’s Day!


It’s Valentine’s Day – a day for expressions of love that goes back to the Middle Ages. Handwritten cards did not appear until after 1400; the oldest valentine in existence was one written by Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415 to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Valentine’s Day is …

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