Mother’s Day


Although my mother has passed on, her love still lives in my heart and her wisdom continues to inspire me. I am grateful for the many ways my mother has blessed me. I also feel deep appreciation and tender affection for all those who have blessed me with the selfless gift of motherly love.

I KnowThe Pieces Fit


The puzzle pieces
Remind me of the ABC’s.
Alone each letter is just a letter.
Together with other letters
They form words. A puzzle
Piece forms nothing until
Together with other pieces
A picture emerges:

A is for ART, artist, apple, attitude

B is for Beauty, Barone, Bruce, bloom, butterfly, breath, bread, blessings

C is for Cat, The Cat Nadine crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Cardinal the bird, Chef, clouds, cooking

D is for Daryl and Danielle (son & daughter) Dad, dream, Darlene (sister), Dennis (brother)

E is for Easter (He is Risen), Earth, eternal, Emily (granddaughter), energy, enthusiasm

F is for Freddy (our mini-labradoodle), Fred (father), frittata

G is for God, garden, Gardenia, gardening

H is for hummingbirds, Heaven, heart

I is for I AM, innocence

J is for Jesus, journey, joy

K is for kitchen (love in the kitchen)

L is for Love, learning, language, laughter

M is for Mountain, mustard seed, Michelle (sister), Matthew (grandson), Michael (son-in-law), meditation, mystery, music

N is for NOW, notebooks

O is for Opportunity, omelet

P is for Prayer, Peace, Poet, poetry, Photographer, Painting, Paradise, pasta, Proverbs, Psalms

Q is for Queen, Mary Queen of Scots (It is rumored from whom I am descended), Quarantine

R is for Robin, river, reading, recipe

S is for Susan (wife, friend, inspiration)

T is for Time, Tamago-Yaki, tomato, thoughts


V is for Vision, vegetables

W is for window (Out my window I see), writing, wine, Water

X is for xylophone (I played in Elementary School Band), Xerxes

Y is for Yourself (Be kind to your Self)

Z is for Zinnia

“From this time forward I make you hear new things,
hidden things that you have not known” ~ Isaiah 48:6


There Is A Balm In Gilead


There are pages in a book I am reading
Dog-eared. I don’t know why.
There is a photograph too.
People say it is amazing. Beautiful.
Spiritual. A Japanese print.
Joyous. The year is 2020.
May 1. Susan says we are skipping
Spring and running right into Summer.
The forecast is for increasing clouds.
A chance of afternoon showers.
A rumble of thunder.
In class this morning we learn
About the Balm of Gilead.
With patience, blossoms are sure to come.
I, too, am ready to blossom
In the garden of life.
A storm is on the horizon.
We open our hymnals and we sing:

There is a Balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole;
There is a Balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain.
But then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.

Don’t ever feel discouraged,
for Jesus is your friend,
who, if you ask for knowledge,
will never fail to lend.

If you cannot preach like Peter,
if you cannot pray like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus,
who died to save us all.