Wednesday, September 30, 2015


What enables some to learn new languages easily
While others struggle for years
To learn a second one?
My walk in this endeavour is renewed
As I work once more to learn the Karen language 
Will I finally find room on my tongue
For a language different from my mother's?

Life Online

The extrovert often prefers life face to face
With people
Prefers to avoid an extensive online presence
The introvert often enjoys the arms length
Interaction of the world online
An opportunity to tell one's story
At one's own pace and in one's own way
Intense or laid back
Gentle or complaining
Choices and time alone to make those choices
Inspire the introvert

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


We live in a world
Filled with cameras
To capture us in good moments
And embarrassing silliness
But life is still to be lived 
With confidence


A change
Of line and colour
Becomes like a best friend
You always want by your side
But it's not a need
It's simply an expression of being
So never fear
The camera 
Without it

Monday, September 28, 2015

Facing the Re-write

A novel lies
Before me
Covered with 
Detailed comments
Evaluating my narration
For elements that entice an audience.
Going forward with suggestions
Hoping to produce work
Inclined to draw a reader in to 
Join my characters on an adventure
Knowing safety while
Losing awareness of real time in
Motion and motivation that exists
Nowhere except in this imaginary world.
Open to whoever reads the story
Providing a
Question to 
To see new found characters
Uncover the person who
Violated the call to respect life
With all dignity and love. Who instead
Yet once more the cult of self--a
Zone that rejects the light of life.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Demanding food
Circling the sky above
As people fill the beach below

ESL Bible study

How does one focus
On each student in a one room school
Where the differences are honoured
And each student works at their own level?
How do I find this for the Bible study?
The levels of English comprehension vary greatly
As one group is too slow for some
And incomprehensible for others
How to find the approach that works?

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Music revives
Questions awaken interest
Preaching energizes
The pastor is back

Facing The Edited Version

First draft can be weak
--As long as you edit brilliantly!
Edit brilliantly?
I have read the comments
From the editor--
Some large changes need to be made
How will I tackle that?
Glad the weekend is here
It gives some space for thinking through 
The consequences that will result
From changes to the story

Friday, September 25, 2015

Next Home

A home in the woods
Where the deer wander freely
--Neighbours to delight


The dream that won't go away--
Pursue that we're told
But you can't until you really notice it
In its simplest form
I've drifted toward writing for many years
But always wrote as a teacher:
Facts, facts and more facts
There was no success 
Since I would show it to no one
Now I'm writing mystery fiction and poetry
Enjoying it and the process
As I put it out for others to read

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Re-writing begins
The edited copy arrived yesterday 
And so the adventure moves forward
As I face the red and blue marks 
All over the paper
Time to take the passive voice
And turn it into active action
The reader
Can experience in their imagination

Lunch With Mom

Walk home
From school when spare
Lined up beside lunchtime
For lunch of my own with Mom

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Shared Tea

Sat with cat
Relaxing in the sun drinking tea
Set down my tea 
While my mind wandered
Through thoughts
Suddenly aware of a furry head in my tea
Thoroughly enjoying herself

Learning a Language

The process begins again
As I work to break the unilingual wall
Around me
Contact my teacher
To set up lessons once more
Will this attempt be more successful?

Moving Toward Illustrations

Illustrations now
Begin to percolate in the 
Mind of the artist

Poetry sets theme
Imagination conjures
Concepts to design

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Lord, its interesting watching life move forward
With a relaxed pace
Yet filled with a growing variety
Your timing Lord, makes it work
I'm amazed at what You can fit into a day
And today I talk with an artist about the second book
Before I return all the questions to the publisher about the first book
So that the mystery novel can move to the next stage
In the timetable

Process to a Book: Cover Design

Questions for me to answer
So that the artist can design the book cover
A trip to Chapters to see
Designs on other books
Overwhelming variety
Simple elegance to cluttered kitsch
Matte finish or glossy
Stark no graphic to comfortable country cute
Yet through the experience
A direction was found
A simple design with a single nondescript songbird

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bible Study in September

Serious study with workbooks
Notebooks and pages of 1 John to read and mark
Together the adventure began on Saturday
Together the adventure will continue
Our small group is back together again
With a different style
And yet it's our group--
The one that began at Mumu's home five years ago
Will it now bring a break through in understanding?


One tiny step today
On the journey--life lived with joy


It glistens as water for the thirsty
That sparkles as it guides
To the well of living water

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bible Study Begins

Old friends
Sitting around the table
Working through the massive workbook
The sheer volume of questions
Would overwhelm one alone
But was fun done as a team
Partners together in learning
About You, Lord

Process To A Book: Considering Illustrations

Images for a book
How does one decide?
Poetry is words spoken
Or words written
But it can be layered
Visually with more than words

One to eleven images
For a book of poetry
What will enhance it?
Deepen the experience
Of poetry?

Image evoked
Through words
Yet digging to the core
To touch me
By an added visual element

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Autumn Approaches

Begin to change colour
As they prepare to fall to the ground
The smells of autumn already surround
When I walk by the river
The drying leaves
The browning foliage
As green retreats for another season
Splashes of golden rod
And purple asters
Muted against dull green
As it drains from the scene


Drips from the leaves
Smacks on the roof
Refreshes from a glass
After exertion
From a watering can
Returns life to a shrivelled plant
After a dry spell
In the winter
Freezes into crystal patterns
Frost, snow, ice
That warms back into water
To keep us all alive

Friday, September 18, 2015

Bible Study

Three basic parts:
How to use it to its fullest
In an ESL setting?
Ponder the complexity
Reduce it to simplicity
By understanding the key components

In the Heart of a Follower

A favourite pastime of mine
Brings together the Word of God and the Spirit of God in me
Challenges me to understand
To puzzle through to a conclusion
As a discipline it is called meditation
As a part of life it is simply 

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 NIV

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Graceful creatures
In the wild
Move with quiet assurance
Even as they are wary of people
Poised to run if required

Strut across the road
Crash through the underbrush
Equipped with wings
Yet choose comical awkwardness
On the ground


Move into deeper phase
With discipleship Bible study and
Liason between the English church and the Karen community
My designation becomes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Smelled smoke
Inside my house
A faint whiff
A flicker of fear
But no source found inside

When I stepped outside
I tracked down a neighbour
Burning leaves
Evoked old memories
Back to childhood
And the fires of autumn

Not many burn leaves in the city
These days

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stages in an Adventure

A process began when I
Began to write a mystery
Challenge to put a story on paper
Delineate characters and action chapter after chapter
Endeavour to create a novel
Goal brought me into contact with a writing contest
Home can still be where
I work
Just as pastor's wife and homeschool mom
Knew me as a homebody
Looking for future employment
My personality
Needs a home setting
On my way to that now as I
Practice writing each morning
Quest to improve
So many words on paper bring me now
To the editing component
Unknown levels to be delved
Vision to complete led the
Way through the contest--an
eXtravaganza--that I lost--
Yet I have
Zeroed in on a contract to publish

Monday, September 14, 2015


The purr came back
The hiss couldn't keep it away
--And I got my cuddle


Without written directions
Is difficult
In a person raised on written directions
How do I overcome this challenge?
Two subjects are creating this impass:
--the Easy Worship program
--the Karen language
To move into success
Will require what?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Thanks Pinterest!

Lying on my back in pain
Hour after hour
Over the course of a few weeks
With little to do
I couldn't read books for long
Facebook doesn't fill that much time
Finally I asked my daughter
To sign me up for pinterest
I signed up
And began to collect
Things that took up no space in my house
     It reminded me of my mother's files
     Magazine articles
     Newspaper items
     Carefully saved and filed away
As I lay there collecting
Information and encouragement
I began to notice
I was drawn like a squirrel to bird seed
To information about writing
Over the weeks
The encouragement gently prodded
By the time the pain was gone
I was serious to begin
--First a mystery novel
--Then poetry on a blog
We'll see where the journey leads
Thank you pinterest!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Territory Wars?

Reepicheep would bound over to visit
For caresses and cuddles
Extending purrs in return

Cally has moved in from down the street
Sprawled out in front of our car
On the driveway 
Sunning herself
A claim of expanded territory?

My Mystery

Invest in myself
A novel concept
Why did I avoid it for many years?
I set aside money to invest in people
But always thought the "people" would be someone else

Now to realize I will
Invest in myself
To edit
And publish
The mystery novel entered in the writing contest

Invest in my own writing
A new adventure will begin
An extension of the initial stage
That told me the story
It grows into the hard work of editing
To make it something that tells others the story

Then it will bloom 
Into a published mystery novel
Released to the world

Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11 Birthday

One year later
A little girl was born
Hope and joy out of grief felt at a distance
The news reports remembered devastation
But family rejoiced with new life!
Quick and lively little sister to tag along
Beloved daughter to nourish
Love will insist on its own way

Happy birthday Abby!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Slice of Now

Plumbonkers revisited?
Take out a collection of my poems
And rework them for publication
In a book
What a cool concept

Centred, left aligned, right aligned?
They would fit better with poetry
Details to work out

Today a contract for a mystery
And agreement for a second book
But no illustrations for the mystery
Details, details, details
Lots of work ahead revising the mystery

Suddenly I'm a writer
Soon I'll have a published book
All the while also beginning the Bible study
Lord, why does it feel comfortable 
Moving in two directions at once?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Ideas are encouraged
Followed to their conclusion
Allowed to grow
To multiply
--Then move into reality

Find the Team

Businesses have learned to
Find the team first
Then grow into it

How does that work Lord?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Port Stanley Pier

The pier opened yesterday.
When we arrived
We became part of the steady stream
Of people walking out into the lake
On the safety of the pier
Set far out into the water
To protect the harbour
With walls to protect
The people walking out to experience
The power of a Great Lake
As the waves began to pound--
Storm on the way
To test the new pier


Get away
Lord, sometimes we just need to get away
A different texture under our feet
The landscape stretched to the horizon
A place to sit near other people
Yet in isolation
As they are intent on the get away also
Away from home
To sand, sun and waves

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labour Day

Release from being "less than"
Unions have battled hard for workers
Feminism has battled hard for women
The advances have been real
Always new fronts in the battle
For those who are treated as "less than".
Who are today's "less than"?
--Migrant workers
--Sex trade workers
--Surrogate mothers
--The aborted ones
These are just a few of the world's "less thans".

Lord, You love each and every "less than"
Through You, the kingdom work comes
--Injustice is attacked
--Mercy and grace will flow.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


Wrapped in softness


Big book
Boring book
--On the surface

Big book
Study tool
--To dig deep in the Word

Big book
Light switch
--To reveal the light and living water within

Big book
Old fashioned
--That still provides help in this modern world

Big book
--To a long slow soak in Your Word, Lord

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Neighbour's cat
Often runs over to greet us
As we leave for a walk
Purrs and cuddles
To start the day

Phone Call

Phone call
To us--
Suddenly Andrew has a job interview
To be chaplain
At a nursing home

He applied months ago
--With no response from them
One phone call
And all that has changed
Maybe he'll have two job offers
After a four year drought

A quiet excitement
On this front
As we wait to know more.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gord and Denise

Anniversary time again!
Brings another year to
Doing life together!
Energy expended
For boys raised,
Goals for education reached,
Home renovations accomplished--
In the spirit of working as one and yet two
Love is part of the relationship.
Memories bring
Opportunities to
Reflection of lives
United as family
Vibrant in life
Watchful for each other
eXciting day--
Yes--a new year
Zeroes in to begin.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


A little house
East of Adelaide
Filled with the evidence
Of lives lived here for twenty years
Books for me
Old computers for him
Remnants of homeschooling days
Tea cans and drum kit
African violets and guitars
Deck swing and television
Interests as diverse as opposite personalities
And as similar as ministry 
With new Canadians
Teacher and pastor
Sharing a home 

Moving Through

A walk
Across the river
Jumping from rock to rock
A simple step when they're adjacent
A pause for courage and a leap
When the space between is wide
But the river will be crossed
The firm ground will be reached
The next stage of the journey
Will begin

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


It's easy to find
But so hard to let show
It attracks attention--the wrong kind
Negative attacks
That leave bewilderment
And uncertainty
Will not go away
It simply digs deep inside
And waits
Then one day it emerges again
With a sense of readiness
And butterflies in the stomach
But now the wings are waiting
Will fly

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Your Word

Your Word, Lord
Gives life
Brings hope
As it invites us in--deep within
To find the source of thriving

As You are trusted
And so begins a walk with You, Lord

And all of it goes back
--Way back
To time spent in Your Word
Seeking to know You more

Pilot Project

A hope runs deep inside me
To see the Karen (and many others)
Thrive in this land called Canada
Deep roots in You, Lord
And a growing fluency in English
Is the path I choose to pursue.
This month is a new beginning
On many fronts
But for me it begins a Bible study
That puts people deep into You, Lord
As they also go deeper into Your Word in English
Lord, may we see a breakthrough
No generation needs to be sacrificed
For the next
In You, Lord--each of us can thrive.