Thursday, January 14, 2021

First Robin of Spring

 First Robin of Spring / Oil on black canvas / 5x7 / $68 including shipping! 
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I HAVEN'T SEEN spring's first robin yet this year, but this week, I heard the songs of spring birds, sweet and warm on a sunny, frosty morning. 

Last week, I saw snow geese high above, calling to each other as they soared. I haven't seen a field full of them yet this winter, but I always look. It is such a miracle. 

And in the theme of bird miracles, there are two hummingbirds still in town. Honestly, I thought I was losing it a little when I caught a swoop out of the corner of my eye, but the homeowner came along and said yes, a pair of hummers was seeming to spend the winter in Wachapreague. Some trees and bushes still are flowering, and though it's been cold (to my now-wimpy-Southern but former tough-New-England-girl self), I guess it's not been cold enough to do them any harm. I hope they don't get trapped here and damaged by an Arctic blast. 


"Change your thoughts and you change your world." 

- Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren / oil on black canvas/ 4x12 / $88, including shipping
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MY DAD IS 92, and right now, is in the hospital in Tucson. He has aspiration pneumonia - not covid, according to four covid tests, all of which have been negative. 

Sunday, he was doing better, sitting up, watching football. Today, he can't swallow. 

He is 92, and before this, was doing well. A couple days pre-pneumonia, he and his wife went out and walked a mile, and Dad said he was feeling great. Pain that had plagued him for the past few months had gone away, the day was beautiful and he was happy. 

He has had a good life, and neither he nor Paula, not any of us, is ready for it to be over. Who among us ever is? I am concentrating on how strong he is, what good genes he has, how remarkable his optimism and resilience are, and how he cherishes his life and his wife.

So, think a good thought, say a small prayer, hold your loved ones close and live every moment as fully and richly as you can. 


"Life isn't about getting and having; it's about giving and being." 

- Kevin Kruse


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Two Roses

Two Roses / Oil on black canvas / 8x24 / $300 plus shipping

HAPPY 2021, FRIENDS! Isn't it great that 2020 is over? No matter what the new year brings, it is a new year, and I meet it with new hope and energy and an outlook of gratitude.

A couple of collectors who have become friends sent me a Christmas card with a letter containing a list of thoughts they'd happened upon in 2020. These include: 
  • We really like each other, and enjoyed more time together. 
  • Americans are heroic.
  • Even though we love our work, retirement looks pretty good after our dry run. 
And about 15 more, all thoughtful and insightful. 

Their list made me think of my own list, and I will share some of my thoughts from 2020. 
  • Dogs really are great company. 
  • It's good to have some chocolate every day, and it need not disrupt a diet. 
  • I guess I will never be a truly neat housekeeper, since I have all the time in the world and still don't vacuum enough. 
  • Good coffee is worth whatever it takes.
  • Grocery stores are really sort of amazing! 
  • (This next one is borrowed, completely, from my friends): Social distancing from some neighbors is a good thing. 
  • Eating healthier really does make me feel better.
  • I truly only use three of my pans and two of my baking sheets, and I get very tired of washing them. 
  • I need lots and lots of time alone, interspersed with short, deep doses of friends.
  • Television is miles better than it used to be. 
  • Turquoise is an amazing color!
  • It is OK to go to bed at a ridiculously early time, and wake up at a ridiculously early time. 
  • Without Peter, I am lonely, but my friends and my family do great and generous things to sustain my mind, body and heart. 
  • Hard work is a wonderful distraction.
  • I am very, very lucky. 
What would you put on your list? Please add your thoughts in the comments below (you have to go to the blog to do that), or email me at


The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

- Harold Thurman