Posted in December 2012

Now Comes the Hard Part

Now Comes the Hard Part

Years ago my sister gave me a Sesame Street Christmas record album – yes, a real vinyl platter that you play on a turntable – and I still enjoy it. My favorite song on the album is “Keep Christmas With You (All Through The Year),” an idea that would do our world good if we … Continue reading

Taking Time to Breathe and Smile

Taking Time to Breathe and Smile

These last weeks of the year always seem to be a headlong dash to the finish line. Goodies to bake, house to clean and decorate, meals to plan, gifts to find/wrap/deliver or ship, and then one last whoop as the year ends. Whew! Instead of the joy and celebration that this time “should” bring, I … Continue reading

Glass Seduction

Glass Seduction

Once upon a time in an earlier lifetime I was hooked on glass. Red, blue, wavy, crackley, confetti-spattered, difficult, and mesmerizing. I descended into hours of holding bits of glass up to the light, finding images in the swirls of color, and creating stained glass panels, suncatchers, boxes, and more. My fingertips had enough fine … Continue reading

Nature’s Winter Gift

Nature’s Winter Gift

After more than a year here in Oregon there are still pleasant surprises from Mama Nature. It is December 9, just short of the winter solstice, and gray is the predominant sky color. But tucked between a shed and a fence, in company with trash bins, over arched by several trees, and getting little sunshine … Continue reading

Colors to Brighten Winter Days

Colors to Brighten Winter Days

When you think of winter, what colors come to mind? Silver-gray or brilliant blue for the sky? Deep green for the evergreen trees? Red and gold for decorations? No matter what your own traditions, you probably have a favorite color that means “winter holidays” to you. For me it’s green. The deep, almost teal green … Continue reading