In this article, Janis Cox shows how to carve a turtle out of a bar of soap.
One thing I miss in our current condo is having a garden. I even miss the fall clean-up. I remember trying to untangle the climbing bean stalks from the poles and trellis I had set up for their growth. The beans stalks grew round and round the poles and each other, then onto anything nearby including the tomatoes. The plants had kept us in fresh green beans almost until first frost. They grew so dramatically high that if I had been able to install a two or three story lattice work they would have climbed to the top. As it was, I had to use a step ladder to pick the topmost.
And all this growth from a few little bean seeds. How did those seeds know to climb when my bush beans didn’t? How did they know they weren’t soy beans? How could they climb so high? My climbing…
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A fun poem about pigeons.
Bird Lady has tossed her breads.
Clay pigeons, come leave your beds
time to stuff stool pigeon heads!
Dockyard pigeons, homing too
from bridge girders and the zoo
Pigeon Forgers, drop by, do!
pigeon-heated by the road…
full tums all—that is the goad.
© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)
Poetry Friday regulars will recognize the Jane Yolen-invented form of this ditty (a septercet: seven syllable lines, three lines to a stanza, any number of stanzas), my attempt to rise to this month’s challenge at Michelle Barnes blog Today’s Little Ditty.
(If you’re curious about what some of these pigeony figures of speech mean, check HERE.)
And now, I’m soon off to Bellingham and Poetry Camp! Hubby and I even did a reconnaissance trip a few weeks ago when I needed some software that was only available south of the border. On…
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Advice from a Tree (R) by Ilan Shamir
Stand Tall and proud
Sink your roots into the earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Think long term
Enjoy the view!
Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation highlights a couple of the trees mentioned here.
A recent article in the Globe and Mail confirms the value of forest therapy. Now, that’s a value I’ve always treasured, but when I express something similar, folks look at me strangely. I can see in their eyes the query, “Are you some kind of weird woodsy throwback? What about all the mosquitoes? Just tell me where to find the nearest Starbucks.” Ah, but wait.
Cassandra Szklarslo writes about “the forest-bathing movement…which is a cornerstone of preventive health care in Japan.” Forest-bathing?? Weird. The article explains that they’re not talking about bathing in water but “immersing oneself in the healing properties of trees.…A walk in the woods can be great for boosting your mood.…A burgeoning group of nature enthusiasts say it can do much more—including strengthen immunity, lower blood pressure, increase focus, and ultimately lower health-care costs if done regularly.”
Data collected in Japan and Korea found that “forest-bathers” had…
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Bats are talked about in the Bible in Leviticus 11:13-19 and also Isaiah 2:20. Adam’s Animals offers 6 fascinating facts about the bat on page 14.
Echoes full of knowing
I look a lot like little mouse
little mouse with wings.
At dark leave attic of your house
to hunt for creepy things.
I swoop and swirl, dive and glide
but hardly use my sight,
prefer in dim moon-shade to hide
while scrounging food at night.
I have the rare ability
to somehow find my way
with sound waves and agility,
don’t need the light of day.
Sing little notes so high and fast
you humans cannot hear them.
Know when mosquitoes, moths fly past,
with my sharp teeth I spear them.
My little songs come back to me
in echoes full of knowing.
My ears and brain like eyes, you see
that tell me where I’m going.
© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)
This month at the blog Today’s Little Ditty, guest poet Marilyn Singer’s challenge is to write…
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Janis Cox is the illustrator of Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation. She is also an author, watercolour artist, wife, mother and grandma — but most of all she’s a faithful follower of Jesus. She’s been retired from teaching for over 15 years but finds herself back into her passion of working with children.
Janis created the craft in the photo above. Janis writes, “This is a craft that I had my children do at school in art lessons. It is great for dexterity, colour, and placement of objects. This week I am showing you how to make a picture called Torn Tadeo Turtle. Of course this can be extended for any picture.”
Click here to learn step-by-step directions at her blog.
Beautiful post on enjoying trees through the changing seasons.
You can learn more about trees found in Bible stories in “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation.”
The countryside is a giant canvas. The Divine Artist is gradually painting it with a subtle shade here and a splash of color there. As the weeks pass, the mural becomes more and more vibrant.
Even plants like the sumac, that some consider a nuisance, get in on the act. As if afraid to be overshadowed by the scarlet frocks that towering maples don later in the season, the sumac heralds its place in this drama by dyeing the fringes of the roads and fields with crimson.
Next come the stalwart ash, first displaying subtle shades of beige and rust before donning brilliant gowns of plum and wine.
The leaves of beech and oak, which often cling to…
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God created all the seasons and the beautiful trees with the shedding of their leaves. Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation includes information on the Oak, Cedar, Broom, Mustard, Fig, Sycamore and Palm tree/
multitudes of yellow leaves
illumine the park floor
the crop of summer’s
for winter’s store
© 2014 by Violet Nesdoly (All Rights Reserved)
This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by foody extraordinaire, Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.