Painting by Alphonse Mucha


Brenda Ueland has been a rock mentor encouraging me to write for these reasons:

“Why should we all use our creative power?  Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, bold and compassionate.”

There, I find the courage to share my convictions.  She goes on to say:

“Because the best way to know the truth and beauty is to try to express it.  And what is the purpose of existence here and yonder but to discover truth and beauty and express it, i.e., share it with others?”

Carl Sandburg calls Brenda’s book, “If You Want to Write” the best guide ever written on how to write – I continue to agree.

Who has best inspired you to write?




The sparkling reflections of any diamond can be likened to the soul.  Do you sometimes think about your soul’s invisible and immortal “something” that is eternal?

I remember a time while meditating as being taken somewhere peaceful I had never been before.  After a spell, I felt my heart jolted back into my bosom, eyes blinking wide realizing that I had been in a very special place, concluding I had discovered my soul, my heaven.

I believe the soul is where one receives a sweet inner longing for something greater than self – its true identity.  The soul protects us even if we may temporarily choose an unlikely path.  Divine is that moment when a person locates some wisdom and happiness inside their soul.

No doubt, Teresa of Avila knew and wrote about the soul, when she spoke:

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”

She is right.  The soul is more beautiful than any diamond..

May you be well with your everlasting soul!


Painter on the Way to Work by Vincent van Gogh


We might all be fatigued by the spikes in the virus as civil unrest continues in our land and around the world.  The agitators will always try to distract us; however, there is a standing invitation waiting for our response.  It’s Christ coming to us, to offer his gentle yoke.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  –Matthew 11:30

We are fashioned for this rest.

“Always pray before your work and end it with prayer.  If you do that, God will bless you and your work.”  – Mary’s words spoken at Medjugorje

“The Lord will open to you his good treasury the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands.”  Deuteronomy 28:12

May this new week restore us all.


Quilt Art by Faith Ringgold


This word – Independence – connotes so many variations of good attributes, like self-determination, sovereignty, freedom and liberty, no matter the hardships of the day.

Each day accesses to this gift of ‘independence’ given to all by the love and mercy of God.

May this 4th of July – America’s Independence – represent our freedom to grow in acts of kindness and mutual respect for one another, unified in friendship with God through hard work and prayer for liberty – the pursuit of happiness for everyone.

Go! Grab you ‘independence’ each and every day.


Joan of Arc  (1414 – 1431) Patron of France and Soldiers

When I was growing up in France I marveled at the sites Joan is famous for – Orleans and the Rheims Cathedral.

She was only 13-year-olds when she began to hear heavenly voices and obeyed them because she tried to do what she thought God wanted of her.

The English and French were forever battling to claim the French throne.  Joan determined to reclaim Orleans and have Charles VII crowned Dauphin of France.  A year after this victory, the English captured Joan, charged with heresy and burned at the stake on May 31, 1431.

“She (Joan of Arc) put her dreams and her sentiment into her aims, where they ought to be; she put her practicality into her practice.  In modern wars, the case is reversed.  Our dreams, our aims are always, we insist, quite practical.  It is our practice that is dreamy.”