It’s Poetry Month!


Poetry month, it is!

I realize that it is flying by so I thought that I would write a post or two to observe this month-long celebration.

Check local listings for poetry events in your area. 

After a major lull, this poet is getting back on track with a few recent publications that I have listed below:

  • Limerick on Laundry in Verse Afire May to Sept.2016 issue Vol.2 — this is just in print, not online but inspired by neighbour, Vera, who followed a tight schedule for laundry day..

Along with these updates, I am sharing a contribution for the weekly photo challenge which happens to be a focus on the days to come, 


For this one, I am looking to see more of these in the near future!



Sometimes, the greatest treasures are found close to home.

In southwestern Ontario, we are blessed with proximity to the Great Lakes, green forests, farms, cities, and a host of small towns and villages that do their best to survive and thrive in a challenging economy.
These places invite a visit or two, weather-permitting.

This week, Goderich was the port-of-call. Following a few days of stormy weather, Lake Huron‘s coastal waters were rather brown, unlike the beautiful blues & greens of the lake in summer; however, the waves were still mesmerizing to watch.

The town square has been rebuilt since a devastating tornado swept through and a variety of restaurants offer delicious food for hungry visitors. Interesting shops offer a variety of items for customers.

Most all, though, the lakeshore drew us to our favourite Great Lake. It was windy and cold but refreshing to walk along the boardwalk — truly a positive feature for the waterfront area.

It was easy to linger by the water but, eventually, it was time to leave.

Fortunately, before leaving, we caught a glimpse of a series of inukshuks, built by visitors to the lake. These rock structures are a wonder to see. Sadly, they are no more. You can find out about this story at this news link:  Goderich’s inukshuks demolished after woman falls while posing for photo

This photo that I took will keep them in my memory. Not sure if this treasure will be rebuilt but it was a great sight to see! 🙂



March is full of surprises! The recent ice storm is an example of the unpredictability of this month.
Although the trees and lawns are still covered with ice, it has been fortunate that hydro in this area is still working.

Thanks for all the hard work by hydro teams who are busy trying to restore the power in many areas.

2016 Scar on tree!
2016 Through a screen!

Many are gathering this weekend to celebrate with chocolate, fine foods and a lot of thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Best to all!



Vibrant is the weekly photo challenge. Following the increasingly dark days of December, I look forward to the bright January sun.
Also, I am amazed by the wonders of winter in the occasional display of hoar frost. Last January, there was a beautiful moment when the landscape was covered in this coat of white.


Have a great weekend, All!



The conversation has started!
This week, after days of build-up, the annual Bell Let’s Talk day is in full gear! This has become an excellent focus for fund-raising to aid mental health awareness with sharing the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.

Media messages are everywhere, with celebrities and individuals sharing their stories and encouragement for people to join together to support mental health.
As I looked out on the sunlit snow this morning on the deck, I saw a chick-a-dee, a woolly-looking black squirrel and a quick moving chipmunk. I wonder if this trio is liking the rather unpredictable winter. Seemed like all is well in this moment.
Then, I noticed an unwritten lined page drawn by the sun’s rays.  
A gentle reminder to write a few words, perhaps? Do you have a story for today? Take a moment to open a file, find a pen & paper, maybe record your voice with an anecdote or two. 
Enjoy the day!



Welcome to this fresh start for 2016!
In the midst of all the year’s end celebrations, being rather Optimistic, I decided that the new year would be a great time to make a few changes, starting with this blog.
I took a photo of the full moon as it rose. To me, the full moon represents an optimistic note as the  cycle continues. Enjoy!

2016 January full moon