Monday, September 5, 2022



Connection [is] the energy that exists between people
when they feel seen, heard, and valued;
when they can give and receive without judgement,
and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.

-Brené Brown

Thursday, August 18, 2022

the silent scream

fabric and gel medium on layered wood panel

“Trauma is personal. 
It does not disappear if it is not validated.
When it is ignored or invalidated 
the silent screams continue internally 
heard only by the one held captive.” 

 Danielle Bernock 
Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heals

Friday, August 12, 2022

because sometimes you must...

Acrylic on canvas

When you're drowning, 
you don't say
 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight 
to notice me drowning and come and help me,' 
you just scream.

-John Lennon

Monday, July 11, 2022

and that’s that…


We can’t all, and some of us don’t. 
That’s all there is to it.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

the comfort of a friend


You and I can share the silence 
 Finding comfort together 
 The way old friends do

"The Way Old Friends Do" (1980)

we all have it


We all have pain 
 We all have sorrow 
 But if we are wise 
 We know that there's always tomorrow

— Bill Withers
"Lean on Me”  

Saturday, May 7, 2022

listen close...


Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child
Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the Shouldn'ts
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
then listen close to me —
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.

  Shell Silerstein 
“Listen to the Mustn'ts”
from "Where the Sidewalk Ends"

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

each friend shapes our world...


Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive.

-Anaïs Nin

what is 'normal' anyway?

watercolor, pen and ink

If you always try to be normal, 
You will never know how amazing you can be.

-Maya Angelo

aged pleasure...


 One does not get better
but different and older
and that
is always a pleasure.

-Gertrude Stein



Patience is also a form of action.

-Augusta Rodin

questions matter...


It is better to know some of the questions 
than to have all of the answers.

James Thurber


it makes a difference...

watercolor, pen and ink

The difference between 
misery and happiness 
depends on what we do 
with our attention.

-Sharon Salzburg


gouache and watercolor on black cotton paper

 to be naïve.

- Buckminster Fuller


just be...

torn paper collage on index card

No need to hurry.
No need to sparkle.
No need to be anybody but oneself.

- Virginia Woolf

We relate… therefore we are

torn paper collage, pen and ink on index card

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships 
so will our healing, 
and I know that grace rarely makes sense 
for those looking in from the outside.” 

― William Paul Young, The Shack


destination unknown…

torn paper collage on index card

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

- Martin Buber


don’t make up your mind yet...


 The time to make up your mind about people, 
is never.

~Philip Barry


watercolor, pen and ink

Perhaps one did not want to be loved
so much as to be understood.
- George Orwell




It is not a daily increase,
but a daily decrease.
Hack away at the 

-Bruce Lee

free to do right...


Freedom consists not in doing what we like,
But in having the right to do what we ought.
- Pope John Paul II

Friday, February 4, 2022

Broken places


 The world breaks everyone, and afterward,

some are strong at the broken places

—Ernest Hemingway 

sharing at PaintPartyFriday 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Dark defines Light


The dark does not destroy the light; 
it defines it. 
It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy 
into the shadows.
Sharing at PaintPartyFriday


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

…but some are more equal…

Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer 
without making the animals themselves any richer 
– except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs. 



-George Orwell, Animal Farm


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

...for always and always

(study in DS shadow violet)

“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’
And the Woman said, 
‘His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but the First Friend,
he will be our friend 
for always 
and always 
and always.'”
Rudyard Kipling 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

say whaaaaat???

Daniel Smith Watercolor on Fabriano paper

The only thing that should surprise us 

is that there are still some things that can surprise us.

~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Sharing at PaintPartyFriday

Thursday, March 18, 2021

it’s not about the fish...

Daniel Smith Watercolor on Fabriano paper

"Many men go fishing all of their lives 
without knowing that it is not fish they are after."  
-Henry David Thoreau

Friday, February 19, 2021

you cannot ever leave completely... nor do you want to...


'You cannot leave Africa, Africa said. 
It is always with you, there inside your head. 
Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; 
our drumbeats counting out your pulse; 
our coastline the silhouette of your soul.' 

-Bridget Dore
from the poem Africa Smiled 


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

bow to the King

watercolor on fabriano paper

The wise men’s hearts
We’re filled with joy
As they bowed down
Before the boy!
They gave their treasures 
To the king
And went back home
Still worshipping.

~ The Rhyme Bible Storybook, ZondervanKidsz


Saturday, December 26, 2020

the poor and dismissed... they heard it first

repurposed fabric, gel medium and acrylic on wood panel
  • Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus
  •  I cannot help but conclude 
  • that though the world may be tilted 
  • toward the rich and powerful,
  •  God is tilted toward the underdog. 

  • -Philip Yancey
  • The Jesus I Never Knew


Thursday, October 22, 2020

it might have been

fabric scraps

on acrylic and wood panel 

For all sad words of tongue and pen, 
The saddest are these,
 'It might have been'.

John Greenleaf Whittier

 A rhino is killed every 12 hours. 
How sad it will be if these endangered species 
become the next “it might have beens” our offspring will call extinct.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

wrong will be right

“Right is right even if no one is doing it; 
wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” 
― Saint Augustine

dismantled burlap
and discarded fabric scraps
on redeemed acrylic canvas

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

Friday, October 9, 2020

When darkness seems to win...

Study in Shadow Violet (DS)
Watercolor on Fabriano Paper

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

~Laura Story, Blessings

Monday, May 27, 2019

Scottie (2003-2018)

“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ 
And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.'”

Rudyard Kipling

Watercolor on Kilimanjaro Paper

Scottie brought much delight in his 15 years of life.
He never outgrew his puppy face or paws.
And that he smiled, was undeniable.
His wag is still now, but his paw prints remain on many a heart.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hand pierced for me...

    “I desire him who died for our sake. 
I desire him who rose for us.
 Suffer me to receive the pure light;
 when I shall arrive there, 
I shall become a human being.” 

-Irenaeus of Lyons

Watercolor on AquaBoard

God’s great project is the human being, 
Christ is the first true human, 
out of death comes life, 
and strength is made perfect in weakness. 

- Dr. John Behr