"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."

Carl Jung


On The Nightstand
  • Animal Dreams: A Novel
    Animal Dreams: A Novel
  • Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America (Peterson Field Guides)
    Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America (Peterson Field Guides)
  • Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
    Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
  • A Wolf Called Romeo
    A Wolf Called Romeo
  • Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)
    Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)

Snowy Night


 Last night, an owl
in the blue dark
an indeterminate number
of carefully shaped sounds into
the world, in which, 
a quarter of a mile away, I happened
to be standing.
I couldn’t tell
which one it was –
the barred or the great-horned
ship of the air –
it was that distant. But, anyway, 
aren’t there moments
that are better than knowing something, 
and sweeter? Snow was falling, 
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness. I suppose
if this were someone else’s story
they would have insisted on knowing
whatever is knowable – would have hurried
over the fields
to name it – the owl, I mean.
But it’s mine, this poem of the night, 
and I just stood there, listening and holding out
my hands to the soft glitter
falling through the air. I love this world, 
but not for its answers.
And I wish good luck to the owl, 
whatever its name –
and I wish great welcome to the snow, 
whatever its severe and comfortless
and beautiful meaning. 

(mary oliver)



No Excuses


Life has been busy since I last posted here. Our rescue Mojo has been dealing with a variety of health issues off and on, and my own health was a bit sketchy for awhile this summer. My camera gave up the ghost, so my photography was confined to mostly Iphone captures throughout the fall season. It would seem that I'm making excuses for not keeping up with my blog, but other priorities took a front seat to my time spent in front of the computer. (And thank you for the many emails over the past few months; I'm always pleasantly suprised that I have any sort of 'following' here, as my posts have always been so very sporatic.) :)

The past few months were very satisfying despite the speed bumps. I spent a bit of time up in the Traverse City area with a very special cousin/friend and enjoyed exploring her beautiful area for a few days. We have so very much in common and I am thrilled that we have connected again because we have so many years of catching up to do.  The northwestern shore of Michigan is a wonderful place to do that in.


I am still sketching and painting pretty much on a daily basis. My skills are improving slowly, and watercolor is such a deligtful medium to explore. Most of my paintings are done quickly and I don't fuss much with details. It's more about feeling to me, and my paintings are a bit like my photography journey in that there is always so much emotion behind each piece. The thrill of discovering something that I find beautiful and interesting never grows old. Sketcing is just a different way to capture the excitement of an Eastern Screech owl taking up residence in our owl box.


I'll be starting an online class in the new year that I'm very excited about. I've been a fan of Gina Rossi Armfield's style of journaling for quite some time, and I have signed up for her 'No Excuses' art journaling class for the year. I have kept journals for decades, but I tend to get bored easily .. so having prompts and inspirational tools to draw from will help keep that creative spark flowing; that creative spark that has been so very crucial to keeping a sense of balance and harmony.

“We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.”

(Steve Maraboli)


Free at Last!

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” 
― Carrie JonesNeed


After 5+ months, multiple vet visits, multiple hospitalizations, multiple arsenic shots, multiple medications, multiple days of wanting to run off leash and play like a normal dog, Mojo is finally done with his heartworm treatments.

To say he is happy to finally be off-leash is an understatement. He is such a brave sweet boy and he handled it all like the wonder dog that he is.

We're going to have a wonderful fall season! :)

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