100 SHADES

‘mmWhite 2015’ Art by Ephemeral Emerald

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100 shades of white

A soft touch of silky cloth

A Japanese tradition

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This pristine painting recalls a time in my life walking to and from work the streets of Frankfurt, Germany.  Back then I encountered many familiar faces traveling my path.  One elderly lady always caught my eyes, each day dressed white on neutrals, her silvery hair rolled in a French twist – that was her signature flare.  One day I had the courage to tell her how beautiful and stylish she was.  I said to her, “when I grow up, I want to be just like you!”

God places special people in our lives for a purpose. As I create my next post on ‘Everything White on Neutrals,’ I kindly thank this fascinating woman for her inspiration, walking so elegantly down the street so long ago.

I wonder, who has been a special person to you in your lifetime?

WINTER WHIMSY

Zaza’s Continuing Saga

December 3, 2018

With trumpets blast, Zaza rejoices that her ten fingers can touch again – no more casts, moving towards 4 weeks of physical therapy and the doctor’s urging not to overdo things.  Her mind immediately recalls how she loves to prepare her garden for winter.  Say what? O, just gathering holly, twigs, pine branches, putting them in an old barrel, adding pine cones with Christmas ornaments and ribbons, placing candles with angels here and there to welcome Mr. Winter to her wonderland…a new patience to exercise lingering by the fireplace for the “Pere Noel” to surprise her on Christmas Day.

WISHING YOU A BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL END OF YEAR CELEBRATION

Her progress to be continued in January 2019!  Woo-hoo!dc14be69c1664261f8f50da577815be3--christmas-time-merry-christmas

THE FIRST ADVENT

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THE SHE-ASS LEADING

THROUGH THE DARK HOARFROST VALLEY

WITH HARDLY ANY REST

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“The Blessed Virgin Mary suffered from the cold and said to Joseph: we must rest, I can go no farther.  Joseph spread the coverings under a terebinth tree, hung a lighted lantern on the lower branches of the tree and they refreshed themselves with fruit and little loaves of bread. Mary prayed earnestly to God that Joseph would not suffer from the cold, at once she was filled with so great a warmth that she held out her hand to Joseph to warm his.”

Excerpt from ‘The Visions of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich’.

…such was the Holy Family’s grueling journey to Bethlehem for the Messiah’s birth…

SHIMMER

Writing with Confidence

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BE CONFIDENT RED

One great aspect of writing expresses personal thoughts with confidence in one’s history, letting aside any rules of writing thus exploring unique dormant gifts of storytelling.  Everyone has something meaningful to tell and share.

My favorite motto is “writing from the heart pleases God and gives joy to the soul.”

So

Let yourself be surprised by art and writing.

Let your heart “Write Your Way Home.”

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HAIKU

CONFIDENCE SO RED

WITH SO MANY BEINGS INSIDE YOU

READY TO RELEASE THEM?

…do tell your story…

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“My heart overflows with noble words.

To the King I must speak the song I have made;

my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.”

Psalm 45

 

 

C’EST SI BON

French Almond Cookies

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This vintage poster reminds me of the French almond cookies that my grandmother would serve guests with a chilled Rose’ de Provence wine.  These buttery cookies would melt in the mouth especially if dipped into the glass…surging a double dose of sugary adrenaline.  When the tin was empty, Mame Jeanne would store loose buttons in it.  The tin now contains my husband’s paint brushes.

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BUTTERY ALMOND

COOKIES SO DELICIOUS TO SAVOR

ONE WAS NOT ENOUGH

 

BRIDGE OF GOD

Bridge of God, Lexington, Virginia

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This impressive natural wonder is a 215 feet limestone gorge once belonging to Thomas Jefferson.  God’s creation never ceases to amaze.

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APPRECIATING

WHAT IS AROUND IS SUFFICIENT

FOR NATURE HEALS…BEAUTIFULLY

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QUOTE from Vincent van Gogh

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

 

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

China’s Fountain of Youth

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A 4000-year-old legend describes Shen Nong as the Chinese nobleman who discovered making tea that only emperors enjoyed.  Asian countries produce 90% of the world’s tea consumption making it a medicine chest for good health.  Tea is a symbol of respect and gives contentment to the body and soul.

Whimsical HAIKU

SIP ME GREEN, BLACK OR SCENTED TEA

EFFECTS ANTIOXIDANTS

FOR A LONGER LIFE

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“Better to be without food for three days

than without tea for one.”