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”

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.