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Fulfillment of May

Posted on May 6, 2016 @ 7:36pm by corinne No comments
Fulfillment of May

“When April steps aside for May, like diamonds all the rain drops glisten, fresh violets open every day, and to some new bird each hour we listen.” –Lucy Larcom The month of May is a time of great celebrations in the northern hemisphere, a time when beautifying flowers emerge, green grass erupts, deciduous trees bud,…

April Promises

Posted on April 3, 2016 @ 4:35pm by corinne No comments
April Promises

“No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it.” – Hal Borland “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare “Listen, can you hear it? Spring’s sweet cantata. The strains of grass pushing through the snow. The…

Expectations of March

Posted on March 3, 2016 @ 7:00pm by corinne No comments
Expectations of March

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face. The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved. The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst. It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.” –M. Romeo LaFlamme As a…

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…