V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #34: reaching

“…she singled out a cedar, wide at the base, narrowing as it grew. If there was any kind of portrait worth doing, it would be the portrait of a tree. But a portrait had to convey character. The channels in this cedar’s raw umber all stretched upward, reaching toward light. It was more than a […]

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Inspiration Evokes Stillness

Days slow down as physical challenges demand. I am so blessed to be in this place, water just steps from our door. The Great Blue Heron remains a constant companion. He is a master of stillness, a quality I have challenged myself to achieve this week. I have brought out the paints again, as too […]

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #32: Stillness

It is not in my nature to be still. If there is a current, I will push against it. When my body fails me, my mind is churning. Emotionally, I am in a constant state of restlessness. Stillness does not come naturally. And yet, when I take time to calm the body, release the mind, […]

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Getting Where?

I’m lying here with the heating pad, altering it’s position every so often to ease the pain that has set in since my trip back home. I can’t quite shake the lingering exhaustion. Three things are running through my mind, disrupting sleep: the book I’m working on (and have set aside for far too long) […]

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Windows Close, Windows Open

As winter closes in on southwestern Ontario, I am making my way back to Texas. The window of time to visit Mom is now closed. She is much better than when I first arrived, and in fact, celebrates her 92nd birthday today. We have had a wonderfully intimate time together, something I will always treasure. […]

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #30: Windows

I find myself obsessed by windows, sizing up the framed image for photogenic qualities and potential watercolour subjects. What is it, I wonder, that has so captured my imagination? For two-and-a-half years, confined to a bed, windows were my only connection to the world – one framing bird feeders and happy activity, and the other […]

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #29: Transition

Setting New Year’s resolutions is not my thing. I do, however, honour the passage of one year to another by reviewing what the passing year has entailed and consciously deciding where I would like to focus for the next. For example, as a young mother of three, having returned to work, I learned to prioritize […]

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Recipe Needed

Plateauing my cousin called it, this feeling of flatness. “You are just gathering strength for the next climb,” she’d offer. She’s been gone for years, but her presence remains – a pillar in my thoughts. Passion has given over to a sense of pointlessness. I am questioning my ability and the purpose for what I […]

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #28: Recipe

This time of the year, I find myself perusing recipes – looking for the perfect gluten-free dessert, or a new appetizer to take to a potluck, or maybe an easy way to use up leftovers.   I am also concocting a recipe for the perfect get together – imagining the ingredients and timing for holiday […]

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V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #27: Intent

Last year, when we travelled, I was so sick that all I could think about was survival.  Over and over again I told my husband that I could not guarantee my participation in much, hoping he would not be disappointed.   The experience blew me away.  It also renewed my energy and promoted healing.  This […]

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