Zentangle - Meditation #1

I thought it might be nice to share some of my "practice" work.

Wishing you peace.


A Crack in the Block

With cables connected to a tried and trusted form, 
I turn the key 
and get nothing but sputtering expletives.

Fearing dry rot, 
I rotate the rhythm, 
adjust the jumpers and try again... 

my muse points at the paint box--
continuing to prefer ink and gouache 
over the poetry super highway.*

*A nod to Rick Lupert.

Pride Month 2021

I've been an staunch ally for the LGBTQ+ community since high school ('87 grad so... it's been a long time) and I've always believed that love is never wrong. Like, NEVER wrong... even when it isn't soft and pretty and looking like what societal labels and norms dictate it "should" be.

In 2014, my best bud asked me to be her maid of honor (again...but we really don't need to mention that) and she and her (now) wife not only arranged to fly me across the country to be there but they blessed me with the honor of taking part in what has to be the most beautiful, honest, and heartfelt wedding ceremony I could ever hope to witness. Weddings usually make me cringe more than cry but I couldn't stop tearing up on that gorgeous December day in California. I was (and am) so happy for two of the most wonderful, caring, loving (not to mention important) people in my life. My eyes well up thinking about it now. 

So, when Pride Month came this year, I wanted to honor it in some small way as the ally that I am. Julie and Deb, consider this Zentangle-inspired art yet another "thank you". Shine bright my lovelies and be forever affectionate. You are my muses much more than you could ever know.

New Post in Burnt Offerings: Hoagie Salad

Looking for a potluck or cookout recipe? How about a Hoagie Salad? Click on the picture or visit the Burnt Offerings page for the recipe! Enjoy!

Haiku [untitled]

Winter and the cold
snow bring the dark-eyed juncos.
My heart, full, watches.

Inktober 2020 - Days 1 - 3

Yes, I am attempting 31 drawings in 31 days again this year. I've decided to follow the official inktober prompt list and I'm adding a little more color now and then. I didn't follow a prompt list last year and, given that there are so many good prompt lists to pick from, I decided to go with the original.

For more information about the inktober challenge, I recommend going straight to the source at inktober.com.

Day 1 - FISH

Day 2 - WISP

Day 3 - BULKY

September Trio

little song sparrow
ever watchful for danger
eating in silence
peanuts and feed corn
left for a friendly squirrel
stolen by blue jays
crisp autumn sunrise
and brisk tea in bone china
all else fades away

Zentangle - Meditation #4

Wishing you quiet joy...