excerpt from a scene, Inspiration, Beauty, Life

Paeonia

Bees dance. If the sun is hot, you’ll swear they talk. “Walk barefoot through the garden until you find her,” they say. Paeonia. The bees have held back her stories and claimed her as one of their own. They beckon to follow beyond the fence of rose canes, thorns sharp. An ornate bird bath stands […]

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excerpt from a scene, heart, Inspiration, Beauty, Life, little soft moments

“When summer passes, and you ask, ‘What mattered most?’ I will say, Sweet basil on tomatoes plucked fresh off the vine. Roses, scented heavy with perfume, fairy children chasing fireflies at dusk, each whispered story a tapestry of wonder and joy. The constant presence of the stars at night and you.” “Me?” “You. My North […]

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garden, Inspiration, Beauty, Life, memoir

Simple Goodness

If you had climbed the high fence that surrounded our back yard, and peeked over, you’d have noticed a garden. Tomato plants stood, tall and staked, ruby orbs shadowing the sunniest wall. Lazy bees slept in lavender bushes. A clump of chives grew in one corner of the plot. As children, we snipped the verdant […]

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beauty, Inspiration, Beauty, Life

The Lilacs are blooming. A favourite blossom, reminding me of lost time and dusty roads, elderly Aunties, climbing roses, and picnics on the lawn. Lilacs are lovely. Their stems hate to be indoors. You can expect about a week of bloom if you follow these suggestions. First thing in the morning, cut some long stems. […]

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beauty, design, favourite finds, simple, timeless

About A Chair

There is a chair to sit in, a book to read, a page to write. There is a brush and a tin of paint, waiting to transform another chair. I’ve never met a chair I didn’t like, which suggests a form of chair dysfunction. From elegant: turned legs, clawed arms, carved backs to simple: sturdy […]

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Inspiration, Beauty, Life

Comfort

Place a teddy on a window ledge. This dear idea began in NZ and we can spread it, further. Families walk or drive through the empty streets playing games such as, ‘I Spy.’ A teddy bear is a symbol for comfort. If an action brings about a smile or starts a tally count, all the […]

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beauty, excerpt from a scene, heart and soul, hope

Birdsong

Birdsong breaks silence, an ode to Hope. Blossoms adorn the gnarled branches of a Cherry tree: sugar pink, fleeting. Lily of the Valley breaks humble ground, pure and white, crushed by careless footsteps and coveted by tiny hands, a bespoke bouquet. Beauty so tender, her heart aches.

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brave, excerpt from a scene, inspiration, strong women, writing

“Listen, Child. Remember who we are: daughters of strong limbed women with imperfect hearts, makers and givers of life. Suffering to our dreams. Forming circles of comfort, sweet tea and honey. We cooked because we had to. Who else fed the children? Believers on a crooked path to a better life- a place where every […]

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artist, creativity, Inspiration, Beauty, Life

A Bird’s Eye View

Paint with children. Nurture imagination. Read of artistic styles, study the work of artists. Visit a gallery. An abstract world, as seen through the eyes of a child. Beautiful. “If I could remove one thing from the world and replace it with something else, I would erase politics and put art in its place. That […]

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