Friday, August 7, 2020

Basho zine


Pausing between clouds
the moon rests
in the eyes of its beholders 

-Matsuo Basho
translated by Michael R. Burch

Been a busy week here. I had forgotten about making zines, so I was happy that looking at my summer photo journal reminded me. Making zines is relaxing, sort of meditative. I used a Basho quote for this latest one. What mentor poets refresh you? 



The butterfly
perfuming its wings
fans the orchid
-Matsuo Basho
translated by Michael R. Burch
Small Reads for Brighter Days has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Laura!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Seedling Quilts

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Sharing some of The Seedling Quilts by Australian quilt designer Jodi Godfrey today! I appreciate that Jodi gave me permission to post them here.

About The Seedling Quilts:
The Seedling Quilts are English Paper Patterns and Applique quilt designs inspired by medicinal herbs. The quilts range from intricate and completely hand pieced to simple, machine pieced quilts with a little hand stitched flourish.





Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Buttercups by James Bowe

On the Shady Side
by Rabindranath Tagore

I lived on the shady side of the road and watched my neighbours’
gardens across the way reveling in the sunshine.

I felt I was poor, and from door to door went with my hunger.

The more they gave me from their careless abundance
the more I became aware of my beggar’s bowl.

Till one morning I awoke from my sleep at the sudden opening of my door,
and you came and asked for alms.

In despair I broke the lid of my chest open and
was startled into finding my own wealth.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Queen of Hearts

But when they're handing out the heartaches
You know you got to have you some
~Hank DeVito

Maybe there's a lone playing card somewhere in my house? I don't know, but for some reason this song has been going through my head at random times. Juice Newton:

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Permission to be unsure

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.
~Richard Bach

More from the 2020 Summer Poetry Swap! Tricia Stohr-Hunt sent me a beautiful zentangle and a charming journal decorated with inspiring quotes. The zentangle:

Made from a page of Treasure Island by
Robert Louis Stevenson,
Charles Scribner's Sons (1909)


Poetry Papers

a book opened

come round
pen in hand

fancy words
pages filled with

nothing sure


These are not swap-related, but I've never had a bouquet of gladiolas before and I could take pictures of them all day! They look to me like "flower antlers." The little cup next to the gladiolas has cobweb spiderwort cuttings in it.

Sending healing thoughts to Ruth.

Reading to the Core has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Catherine!


Fifty lemons are a load for one person, but for fifty persons they are perfume.
~Ethiopian Proverb

Hi y'all! There are a lot of "if life hands you lemons, make lemonade" variants, but I decided to go with the proverb.

The weather is still unpleasantly hot here and I am still working my way through the 18 lemons I accidentally bought the other week. In lemonade's honor, here's Art Thursday:

Still Life with Lemons
Rita arrigo

Vase with Bananas, Lemons and Books
by Juan de Echevarría (1875-1931)

Lemon, Fig, Pear, Almond Trees
by Anton Seder (1850–1916)

Aquarelle d'un citronnier
by Alice Bailly (1872-1938)

by Oscar Ghiglia

Citrus Limonum
by David Blair
from Medicinal plants by Robert Bentley and Henry Trimen, 1880

Monday, July 27, 2020


Time is the longest distance between two places.
~Tennessee Williams

Wishing to be closer...very appropriate for these times, eh?