When Writers Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12: 27 NKJV [Tweet "Retreat in a verdant garden setting is always welcome to this writer's heart."] I long for lingering moments in contemplation of the glories of Creation and the … [Read more...]

Rustic Teatime Family Retreat

Every year my aunt and cousin host an afternoon tea for all the ladies in our family. There aren't too many of us, so it makes for a cozy afternoon retreat around the table with delectable goodies. This summer, my cousin Debbie hosted it at her rustic sea captain's house built in 1821. The plaque on the front of the house makes it official as … [Read more...]

Vacation Pinks with Kenzie

June brings summer and storms and vacation week for me and hubby. We packed the bags and were off for a week in New England with my son, daughter-in-love, and that grand-girl of mine, Kenzie! While South Jersey had two destructive storms the week we were away (no damage to our home, praise the Lord!) we enjoyed lovely cool nights with breezes … [Read more...]

At Rest in the Nest

Nothing says “morning” to me like a cuppa tea, my corner recliner, an open Bible, and birdsong chirped on the other side of the picture window. Fluttering wings under the eaves of my front porch are a joyful way to start the day. Copperfield takes a great interest in all the goings-on, swishing his tale and jerking his head, making little “ack ack … [Read more...]

Heather Over the Hill

Heading to The Garden Center @ Sepers Nursery this Sunday afternoon to kick off Blooming Books Storytime for the season during their grand re-opening weekend!  I’m bringing Haley as a special guest and we’ll be performing Mother Chicken’s Eggs for all and sundry. Will probably leave Mother Chicken back in the chicken pen, though. I don’t … [Read more...]

Eulogy for a Friend – Farewell David

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

[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...]

Martha Washington in Bloom

Preparing for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference this month has me remiss in Blogland. I am barely lurking and only posting once a week. Thanks, Lisa Jo, for the Five Minute Friday writing prompt! The word for the week is BLOOM. Ha! Great word! This week was my monthly gig at The Garden Center @ Seper's Nursery where I … [Read more...]

Welcome March – Goodbye Rose

March - the month when spring finally makes her long awaited entrance!  A new season to take joy in God's creation!! With rushing winds and gloomy skies The dark and stubborn winter dies; Far-off, unseen, spring faintly cries, Bidding her earliest child arise; MARCH!   Bayard Taylor OH!  If you've been following my January rose post . . … [Read more...]

February Rose Sonnet

Well, readers - yet another month has passed and we are well into winter with all her bizarre thermostatic ups and downs.  Just four days ago - it was 60 degrees here in Southern New Jersey - then the cold winds came and blustered about, swelling freezing temperatures, once again.  This morning - we awoke to a carpet of glorious white draping all … [Read more...]

January Rose

My January Rose Frozen in pose Notwithstanding my frozen nose Nor my heavily booted toes Why art thou in bud?     Since the fall You have braved tall Through wind, rain, and all Remaining still small   Wilt thou ever bloom?   The winter chill Keeps you dwarfed to nil In vibrant color you thrill Pink with promise until . . … [Read more...]