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Focus for February

Posted on February 2, 2016 @ 2:37am by corinne No comments
Focus for February

Poetry for the month of February, other than love notes embodying beautiful thoughts, feelings, and wishes penned for Valentine’s Day, is so often expressed with negative quotations. For example, by Shirley Jackson, American author and poet: “February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollection can bring back any air of summer.” Or by Anna Quindlen: “February is…

The Stillness of January

Posted on January 2, 2016 @ 5:57pm by corinne No comments
The Stillness of January

Western nations have observed January 1st as a holiday for only approximately the past 400 years, although Roman civilization celebrated a new yYear festival called the Calends, a time when people decorated their homes, in addition to giving each other gifts. Today with great hoopla, many people eagerly anticipate New Year’s Eve and the beginning of January as a time for celebration, gaiety, and renewal. We…

Deference to December

Posted on December 3, 2015 @ 5:10pm by corinne No comments
Deference to December

“In his mind, the white of winter’s snow concealed the colours of mankind’s destruction: the red for all the blood that had been spilled in endless wars and violence against its own, the brown of his decay, and the black of his death. Its arrival every year was as though God was purifying the countryside…

Notes for November

Posted on November 2, 2015 @ 8:04pm by corinne No comments
Notes for November

In literature, the month of November is seen either as a fun time of approaching the holidays or as a precursor to the final denouncement of December. Dismal quotations about November abound. From William Cullen Bryant, “The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year; of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear.” Who among us has…

Omens of October

Posted on October 2, 2015 @ 11:29pm by corinne No comments
Omens of October

In the foreword to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Edition of his international bestseller, The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho wrote, “I wanted to write about my soul. I wanted to write about my quest to find my treasure. I wanted to follow the omens, because I knew even then that the omens are the language of God.” For as long as I can…

Sublime September

Posted on September 2, 2015 @ 12:52am by corinne No comments
Sublime September

“Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures…” – Henry David Thoreau When you receive this newsletter, I shall be in the midst of my vacation in Kimberley relaxing in the sublime beauty of nature. All is indeed brightened in my pristine surroundings, where I begin each day by stepping out of my recreational vehicle…

A Touching Review

Posted on August 11, 2015 @ 7:56pm by corinne No comments
A Touching Review

Over the past three and a half years, I have received a host of wonderful emails from the readers of my Understanding Ursula trilogy.  A recent review touched me deeply, and I’d like to share Sandra Sopko’s comments with all of you. “As I am a firm believer in the old adage that ‘everything happens…

Auspicious August

Posted on August 2, 2015 @ 5:33am by corinne No comments
Auspicious August

For more reasons than I could list, I have always anticipated the arrival of August. Since we purchased our recreational vehicle, August has been one month of the year when we escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with its continuous sounds of progress, to the peace and serenity of wide-open country. As much as I am…

Jubilant July

Posted on July 8, 2015 @ 12:07am by corinne No comments
Jubilant July

Some time ago I came upon a sentence, in a source I no longer remember, which succinctly captured my sentiments about the province where I was born: “Saskatchewan has a quiet stillness that permeates the soul.” During my lifetime, I have lived in all three Prairie provinces, the longest in Alberta, and the shortest, by far, in…

Joys of June

Posted on June 4, 2015 @ 6:25pm by corinne 2 Comments
Joys of June

“And what is so rare as a day in June? It is then or never when our most perfect days come.” –James Russell Lowell Come with me on an imaginary journey back in time to 1893; it is my ancestors’ first month of June on the Great Plains of Saskatchewan. The light of a new…