A Collaboration in Art

Irish poet Ciarán O’ Sullivan and I were given the grand invitation by artist Mark Balma to create poetry in response to his most recent painting, God is My Rudder. His featured work depicts a contemplative Mary Magdalene. As Mark was creating this fantastic work the “Me Too” movement was beginning to surface. Mary Magdalene’s life and burdens certainly relate to the crosses today’s women have also bared.  We hope with our collaborative efforts to inspire, reflect, and give power to this important movement for women. Continue reading “A Collaboration in Art”

Shakespeare’s Crown


For Christmas Santa gave me a box of wool from Blarney’s. I was thrilled beyond words. My search began immediately for the perfect Aran knitting pattern, taking care to find one that not only was the correct yardage and weight but accented the beautiful wool. I found the perfect pattern titled Shakespeare Cardigan by designer Pam Grushkin. As you can guess the name immediately drew me in. When the sweater was finished I was given another gift. A skein of wool was left over. It would be a terrible sin to leave that beautiful yarn in my overflowing knitting basket. I felt an accessory to match the sweater was the answer. So, I designed  Shakespeare’s Crown from the inspiration of this cardigan.

Happy Knitting!




Shakespeare’s Crown
Supplies Needed;
1 Skein approx. 154 mts/169 yards of aran weight wool

(I used Aran Handknitting Wool shade F.WHV from Blarney Woollen Mills, Ireland)

1 set of circular needles size 5mm/US 8 with 15 inch/small cable

1 set of double point needles size 5mm/ US 8

1 stitch marker

1 tapestry needle to finish ends.
Begin by CO 90 stitches on circular needles.

Pm at the beginning, take care not to twist the stitches as you knit the first round.

K1P1 for 5 inches

Knit for 3 rows
Start Honeycomb pattern (multiples of 8 stitches + 2)

Row 1 – K1 *2/2 RC (slip 2 sts to cn and hold in back, K2, then K2 from cn), 2/2 LC (slip 2 sts to cn and hold in front, K2, then K2 from cn) ; rep from * to last st K1

Row 2 – Knit

Row 3 – Knit

Row 4 – Knit

Row 5 – K1 * 2/2 LC, 2/2 RC; rep from * to last st K1

Row 6 – Knit

Row 7 – Knit

Row 8 – Knit

Repeat rows 1-8, 4X

K1P1 for 2 inches
Decreasing stitches

* K1, P1, K2Tog; rep from * to end of row.

* K1, K2Tog; rep from * to end of row

Switch to double pointed needles and continue to knit in the round.

* K1, K2Tog; rep from * until 3 stitches remain.

Cut long tail to catch remaining 3 stitches to finish.

Knot off.

Stitching Words

Sewing a knitted seam is similar to writing and editing; the amount of care given to the process, no matter how slow or tedious, is apparent in the finish product.


Stitching Words

Each stitch formed
as words, spaces, breaths
absorb the energy of the artist
whose soul bares expression.

Back and forth the wool dances
following the needle's lead
with guidance from the Creator
to join in perfect union, seams.

Writing, stitching words together
not unlike woolen creations
for the pen also dances
joining pages of guided works,

until the last stitch, word
is made and bound off.


Angel Blessings


Ever since I was a little girl, I love to find shiny pennies. My Grandmother called them angel kisses. I always feel special when one appears. The angels knew I needed a boost.

This week I felt the world spin in chaos with the election circus, the pipeline explosion, the horrific pipeline situation in North Dakota, and the media exploding these stories further. It is easy to become depressed and caught feeling helpless when the world seems to be in shambles. Nature is the best place for me to combat negativity.

My daughter and I decided to take a walk to our local market. The leaves turning all shades of autumn colors provided the lovely backdrop for our walk. On the edge of the market’s parking lot, far away from the cars, were three shiny quarters with sides touching. Quarters do not fall randomly in a perfect triangle. My daughter and I were amazed at our finding because I have passed down Grandmother’s tradition to her. We picked them up feeling so blessed then headed into the market. It was to our amazement at the door were three bouquets of flowers on sale for a quarter a piece. We bought all three bouquets with our angel kisses and gave a bouquet away to pass forward the blessing.

Angel Blessings
Angels amoung us
drop blessings of hope
show us the way
to give back, joy
with open hearts
and smiling faces.


The Right Attitude to Rain


On a cold and stormy day, feeling as down as the rain which came in sheets, I poured over the shelves in the used bookstore that I frequent. Alexander McCall Smith’s book entitled The Right Attitude to Rain grabbed my attention as its essence pulled me in then inspired. The idea of a cup of tea while snuggled under a quilt with a cozy mystery guided me home with a change of heart to find a spider’s web, beauty in the rain.

The Right Attitude to Rain

Sun lost like my spirit
behind dark clouds, obscured view
happiness invisible when gale winds blow.
Change your position
to a spider's view.
It's a cozy time to read, knit
feel the energy, forces move
saturate the dark core to cleanse away
nourish thy soul, hydrate
gain a new sight
the right attitude to rain.


Moments to Steal


In the midst of a hectic day, juggling many tasks on a long to-do list, I took a cup of tea and my camera to the garden and stole a few minutes for myself. I sat on the grass and watched the light move and change on this Chrysanthemum plant as a cloud drifted into the sun’s rays. Not only was my spirit fed but my creativity was restored and my productivity increased for the rest of the day.  I think it is essential to intentionally slow down to notice the subtleties, the beauty, each moment holds; life becomes richer with more meaning and depth.

Moments to Steal

Sun, I reach for you 
to kiss me
reflect your light
for those to see.

Beauty in hues
organge through yellow
slight of pink
glorious fellow.

The crisp air
change of season
but bees still visit
not yet frost burden,

nor humid weight
or low dew point, feel
a perfect day
for moments to steal.