A Vintage Valentine Story

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My dear elder friend treated me to a glimpse of her childhood when she shared her vintage Valentines with me. At age 92, she is spry and spirited with a million tales to tell--all well documented via scrapbooks and journals and photo albums and letters. On this particular day, it was her Valentine scrapbook filled with wonders that had me … [Read more...]

Collected Clippings: Cutting It for My Art Journal

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You know how it's just the coolest thing in the world to get a brand new box of crayons, open the lid, and take a good whiff? Isn't "new crayon smell" the easiest transport technique to connecting with our way-back childhood? That--and glue. And, the sound of a zippered pencil case. And the sensation of a clean slice of drawing paper or--better … [Read more...]

Wool Socks on Sunday

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Our church meets in a freezer. Not your average kitchen freezer--it's a little larger than that. A lot larger, actually. You see, we meet in the middle of open farmland fields, renting an old brick cinder-block armory. Uninsulated. It's spacious inside--from the cement floors to the almost three story high open ceiling, where what heat the … [Read more...]

Tea and Adventures

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If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you. ~William Ewart Gladstone With the media abuzz, babbling about the "Blizzard of 2015" about cut a swath from where we live in New Jersey up to Boston, I think the next couple of days will … [Read more...]

All Things Bright & Beautiful Link-up #8

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New Year Joy To You! What a whirlwind of a close-out to 2014 and welcome to 2015! I missed our link-up in December with far too much merry-making and holiday hoopla. From book deadlines to family dinner planning to entertaining friends to celebrating our anniversary . . . well . . . please forgive me for taking a blogging break to the … [Read more...]

Sparkle On!

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Been working this month. How about you? Oh, the mornings have been tough. My fault, really. I've been staying up way too late and my body clock is all off. Stress levels in the last couple months of 2014 seeped into these first couple weeks of 2015. But, I have become wiser for it. The fix is in! I'm getting my calm on--with a splash of … [Read more...]

V is for Vintage Violin

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I have resolved this new year to not feel guilt pangs when I take joy in simple pleasures. I admit, 2014 was a year of monumental change in my career direction requiring an inordinate amount of mental and emotional fortitude to focus on new tasks with a sharp learning curve. In so doing, I forced myself to shun those things that have … [Read more...]

In a Word or Two – 2015

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Every year has its image shaping trends. Be it faddy fashions, mania behaviors, craze diets, or vogue must-see-TV, human history is replete with sages and rages marking the date indelibly with the latest what-all. Buzz-words of the day are especially iconic on this list. Remember when being "swell" turned into "feeling groovy" which became … [Read more...]

New Year 2015 Greetings

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“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 Blessings to you and yours this new year! I've been meditating on my WORD for 2015--and think it may turn out to be more of a PHRASE . . . Stay tuned for my own … [Read more...]

A Very Vintage Christmas

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Sing hey! Sing hey! For Christmas Day; Twine mistletoe and holly. For a friendship glows In winter snows, And so let's all be jolly! Author Unknown A Merry Christmas to one and all this most anticipated week of the year! I've not had the time to post as regularly as I used to with so many new adventures on my plate since summer. I have … [Read more...]

Introducing Pageant Wagon Publishing!

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Introducing Pageant Wagon Publishing ONLINE-- The home of "faire words, insights, all good things and beauty" from my pen and over 30 years of writing and speaking! I can't be more excited about this long awaited dream come true! After ten years of performance storytelling in schools, churches, libraries, elder care facilities, and … [Read more...]

Pageant Wagon Christmas Village DIY

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December arrives with shock and awe.  Weren't we just ringing in the new year? Where did the past eleven months fly off to? I blinked--and it's time to drag up the Christmas bins from the basement for my annual total home make-over. I do a house decor refit for each season, but Christmas is my shining glory moment for decking the … [Read more...]

Happy Christmas Caroling

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December Greetings to all! Miss Kathy is working on a bit of whimsy and a short story to touch the heart in my Christmas posts this month - but the to-do list filling my days is rapidly filling. Not the least of which are the many events of the season Ed and I are participating in. We'll be sharing the Light of the season through Christmas … [Read more...]

A Thankful Heart: Thanksgiving Part 5

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Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

Lifestyles of Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving Part 4

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Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

All Things Bright & Beautiful Link-up #7

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Thanksgiving Week Blessings! I'm sure we're all busy planning menus and ministry details to make our traditional Thankgiving celebration a joyful occasion for family, friends, and the community at large. We do have so very much to be thankful to God for--He who has blessed us with such bounty through the love of Jesus Christ! At this time of … [Read more...]

Mayflower Memoirs: Thanksgiving Part 3

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Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

In an Indian Village: Thanksgiving Part 2

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Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

And So It Begins: Thanksgiving Part 1

Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

Variety is the Spice of Journaling

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If there's one question I absolutely hate and will NOT EVER answer without a great many disclaimers of one sort or another, it is this vile inquiry: What is your FAVORITE _________? Really? I HAVE to have a FAVORITE whatever? No. It's too hard. So many things delight my soul and make my spirit soar with inspiration. I hate to be tied down … [Read more...]

The Creative Process–Giraffe Tales

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Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

All Things Bright & Beautiful Link-up #6

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I'm back in the saddle again at The Writer's Reverie, after two whirlwind months of great change in many areas of my life. It is no wonder that September came and went without All Things Bright and Beautiful. God has been "re-arranging the furniture in our house" - so to speak - and the days seem to all blur together. But, this week we'll … [Read more...]

Eulogy for a Friend – Farewell David

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I lost a dear friend this week. His untimely departure will be a great void in our lives, for though he never grasped the full import of his influence, he was a doorway to so many good things and beauty in so very many lives during his short 26 years.  David Lord was a bright young man whom I had the pleasure of working with through many years … [Read more...]

Pink in the Parable

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[Tweet "The outdoor stage was set!"] Glorious Autumn mums in shades of pink and gold peppered the harvest motif, surrounded by white hydrangeas, deep pink crape myrtle and magnolias. Bales of straw became a staging area for orange and white pumpkins, while the rustic farm-stand towered over all announcing that one had entered the idyllic world … [Read more...]

Genesis Revelations

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Welcome to October 2014 "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live … [Read more...]