My Lover’s Embrace

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

My Lover’s Embrace

The aqua green and aqua blue dress he wears, ever moving

his powerful wind rushing at me, subduing me,

Sand sinking beneath each footstep over and over again,

as I reclaim my communion with the beach, with the sea

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Sunrise Meditation

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Sunrise Meditation

As the sun began its rise in the East, this beautiful verse from a Bengali prayer floated through my mind

“With every rising and setting of the sun,

a day passes and is lost.

Why do you remain idle and not

serve the lord of the heart?”*

Reflecting on the preciousness of each day, of each moment, was likely spurred by a friend’s letter I read late last night. My friend is recovering from a second cancer surgery, and shared with me, “Every moment is a gift. That’s how I’m seeing my life now.”

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“If You’ve Seen One Beach . . .”

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

“If You’ve Seen One Beach . . .”

“If you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all,” said an elderly man I thought I knew, until he spoke that one telling line. Aghast by such a shallow perception of millions of exquisite, unique beaches, I recoiled. In that moment I doubted we would agree much on life, love, beauty or the heavens.

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A Writing Retreat in Hawaii

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

A Writing Retreat in Hawaii

The following is a true story, and I hope you laugh with me.  I had been hankering for awhile to get away from everyone and everything to write and illustrate my next book.

The opportunity came last February when a long time friend asked me to house sit her cottage in Hawaii. She had been away the last several years taking care of her elderly mother. My friend is an artist herself, and spoke of her beautiful large art desk by the north-facing window, the shelves of art supplies, and the ocean view. She sincerely wanted me to come to her place to write and paint.

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Walnuts and Chocolate

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Walnuts and Chocolate

Delicious organic brownies in 5 minutes or less

While I don’t consider myself a foodie, I do have my weak spots, and brownies are one of them. When I received this recipe (in an email – I kid you not!) I had all the ingredients on hand, and a friend’s luncheon to make them for. There were six of us, so one tray was the perfect amount (so we could all enjoy seconds, too). These brownies were an instant hit. Last week I made homemade chocolates for a birthday bash, and as yummy as my chocolates are, two of my friends requested I bring these brownies next time.

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When Books Become Real

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

When Books Become Real

Printed versus Digital Reads

For me a book becomes real when I can hold it, admire it, and turn the pages. In its digital format it is still elusive to me – like it never quite made it to becoming real. (The stories of Pinocchio and The Velveteen Rabbit come to mind.)

I have a large collection of books at home, and I visit libraries and go out to bookstores for recreation. While I am grateful for the digital era, I defend the need for children’s picturebooks and storybooks to be physical, printed books.

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