Sunday, December 24, 2017

'Twas the Night Before Christmas. . . .

The forecast calls for snowflakes. . .
stockings are hung for 
Purrsnickety, Deja Mew, and Oreo.

So all that's left to do
(besides make the fruit salad
and desserts for Christmas dinner)
is to wish you

The Very Merriest of Christmases
(and hugs if you're down or missing someone).

And if you're someone dear to me
whose name is Gail,
Happy Birthday!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Solstice at Newgrange

The winter solstice is almost here.

Being at Stonehenge or Newgrange
would be exciting,
but a trip wasn't in my budget this month.

However, you can watch solstice at Newgrange
on December 20 and 21
via this link

Celebrate the slow but steady
return of the light.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Details, Details

I'm a fan of abstract art
(and no, I don't feel compelled
to try to find animals or other 
representational things in the canvas).

I like the audacious use of color,
a well-thought out composition,
the use of a palette knife to build texture,
the emotional energy a piece inspires.

Here's a bit of detail from a painting
by a Pacific Northwest artist,
William Ivey (1919 - 1992).

It's just a tiny glimpse of a larger painting
currently on exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum.

For more of Ivey's works,


If you want to learn about his life and career,
try this website:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Thinking about Blogging

Blogging regularly has fallen off my radar
for the most part.

It used to be a fun pastime, 
with lots of comments from readers
and lots of blog hopping to see what others were doing.
It felt like we were weaving a blanket of peace
and connection around the world.

That feeling, born of interaction,
seems to have died down these days.

Someone I know is offering a self-study
blogging course and I found myself tempted
but then demurred
knowing my pattern of paying for online courses
and never working the curriculum.

I've come up with 12 months of themes 
to inspire blog posts for 2018
but I'm wondering if posting
is now akin to spitting in the wind.

What do you think?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Yesterday's Outing

My life has seemed a little constricted
the past few days,
so I decided it was time for an outing.

The Grand Cinema has a film series every Tuesday,
featuring films that probably wouldn't draw 
a large enough audience for a week-long run,
but that have artistic merit.
This week's offering was The King's Choice.

Norway's King Haakon VII
was faced with a choice when the Germans invaded
Norway in 1940 -- he could make a unilateral decision
to accede to Germany's demands that the Norwegians not resist
their occupation (likely saving thousands of lives)
and accept a puppet government that had ousted 
the duly elected one
or he could honor the country's constitution
by refusing to negotiate, saying only the Norwegian people 
could make such an important decision.

An interesting film covering historical events
about which I knew little.

After that viewing,
I took a little detour before going home
(and picking up some soup on the way).

Can you guess where I went?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 12

I'm closing out my Twelve Days of Mary Love
with another tribute to Fran Pullara.

This is her collage called
"Our Lady of Christmas."

Fran was a deeply spiritual person.
While I never met her in person,
others who knew her have commented
on her spirituality 
and her kindness.

She had an affinity for images
and metaphor and the power of language,
making her a perfect SoulCollage® facilitator.
She loved making collages on --
her screen name was Redondowriter,
if you're curious --
and images of the Divine Feminine
regularly anchored her work.

She loved Twelve Days of Mary Love
and her absence is felt 
here in this online community.

Thank you, Fran
for being you.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 11

Another tribute to Fran Pullara.
I know she would have been here
had she not been called away.

"Our Lady of November Sorrows" - Fran Pullara creation (Redondowriter) on

sadness emanates
her tears wash the universe
yet her love sparkles

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 9

always reverent
heart spilling love to everyone
saint of Mexico

Friday, December 8, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 8

Close Up of Tapestry in Vatican Museum

Her baby's soft hands
reach out in supplication
Mary full of grace.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 7

 Our Lady of the Canyons ©2017 Meri Arnett-Kremian

eyes toward the sky
she sends a silent prayer
to the creator

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 6

Sometimes I think that Mary,
a symbol of all-encompassing love
and compassion,
must look around and wonder
why there's so much hatred and mistrust
afoot in the world right now.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12 Days of Mary: December 5

Another creation by Fran Pullara.
She called it
"Our Lady of the Southwest."

Like Mary, Fran left her imprint
on the fabric of the Universe
through her loving, giving spirit.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 4

Mother Mary Come to Me ©2017 Fran Pullara

When I think of Fran,
I think of kindness.

She was a sweet soul
(with a side of sass)
who loved being present for others.

She was also a creative being
and encouraged others to express
that longing in their heart.

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary: December 3

I've been thinking a lot about the imbalance
of power between men and women.

It's hard not to when 
every day
we learn of men who used their power
to oppress
to assault
to humiliate
women in their workplace.

Many historians think that ancient cultures
who worshipped a goddess rather than a god
were more egalitarian,
disinclined to assign men the power
to rule over and dominate women.
Makes sense to me intuitively. . . 
why get Mother God angry
by implying that incarnate beings
that hold the female energy
are less than?

In our own times,
many religions/sects still pay homage
to one God the Father
and tell us we're created in His image.

Well, what about those of us
who are female?

So I wonder. . . .
what if the Second Coming of Christ
talked about in scriptures
featured a female divine child?
A little girl destined to be
the Savior of the world?

Would that help restore balance
to the Universe?

Twelve Days of Mary: December 3

Somehow time has stretched and bent
and I'm two days behind.

I intended to join the celebration of Mary
and honoring of my friend Fran Pullara
on December 1, 
but let's just say 
I'm happy to be here now
and I'll correct my error
by sharing three images today.

Fran loved Mary and the Divine Feminine
she represents.

So in honor of Fran,
I have gone through Fran's Polyvore catalog
to harvest images of virgins
to share with you here. 
PV is something Fran and I shared.
She loved my layered images
 and asked how I'd done them,
so I created a written tutorial for her
and she took off from there.

Fran can't be with us in body,
but her images live on.

Mary, Our Lady of Blue ©Fran Pullara 2017

Borrowing Botticelli's Mary ©Fran Pullara 2017

Our Lady of the Cosmos ©Fran Pullara 2017