Love Letters to Gaia

I am pleased to share with you that three of my poems are published in this anthology. It is now available on Wattpad.  The link for the anthology is:

You can either head over to Wattpad and read the anthology there (the link can be found above) or you can send an email requesting a PDF copy of the anthology in return for providing us with a review of it once you have read it. For Reviewer

Love Letters to Gaia is a multi-author anthology of letters and poems inspired by the earth. Covering conservation, the natural world, how the earth can make us feel and more besides, if you have a moment, please support the talented authors who sent their amazing work this way, by reading, voting and commenting. To learn […]

via Love Letters to Gaia – an anthology of letters and poems dedicated to the earth — Dreaming Spirit Press


Thursday’s Special – Imitation

The theme this week for Paula’s Thursday’s Special is Imitation.

My daughter Mercy and her husband Will were planning for their vacation. The idea of going to Dolomite, Italy came up in the conversation. They would like to go on a hiking trip there. Due to one reason or the other, they went to Zion National Park in Utah U.S. instead. When they were thinking about going to Dolomite, I found some stunning mountain ranch images. I picked one and did a watercolor imitation of the photo.

Dolomite, Italy
Watercolor painting by Miriam Hurdle

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Paula at Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special -Imitation


“Early Colours on Papineau Creek”

Please enjoy this gorgeous photo of early colors from my favorite photographer Ed Lehming.

Ed Lehming Photography

“Early Colours on Papineau Creek”“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 
― Lauren DeStefano

I’m considering starting another series based on this past weekend, enjoying the Bancroft Area Studio tour and the natural beauty of the North Hasting Highlands area, which we drove through as part of the tour.

This has been a very strange year indeed. As we drove from studio to studio, I noticed many of the leaves had already begun to change colour. For those who follow my blog regularly, you will know that we have had an excessively wet summer, and a bit cooler than usual. Well, that all changed a few weeks ago and we are now experiencing a dry spell and temperatures more appropriate for July. So, it’s really strange to have it feel like mid-summer yet…

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Weekend Writing Prompt #20 – Resting

Poetry Challenge – Write an acrostic poem, where the first letter of the first word of each line spells out “resting” as it is read from top to bottom. – Sammi Cox

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Rejoicing in Your sanctuary

Elevating my mind, heart, soul and

Spirit with doubts and heaviness left behind

Trusting You for my today and tomorrow

It may be rainy, stormy or sunny day

Never ever You would leave me alone

Grace and mercy always carry me through


Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #20 – Resting

SoCS September 16, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “vol.” Find a word with “vol” in it, and use it in your post. Have fun! – Lind G Hill

This is my fourth year taking classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) held at California State University of Fullerton. OLLI is an Institute that offers classes and activities for the semi-retired and retired individuals.

In 1979, a need-assessment by CSU Fullerton indicated that a substantial percentage of Orange County’s population was over 60 age bracket. Recognizing that lifelong learning and social interaction were important keys to a successful retirement, almost 50 enthusiastic members launched the lifelong learning organization. Eventually, the organization raised enough funds to have its own building right in the heart of CSU Fullerton.

The fall semester 2017, there are 186 classes covering the arts, science, technology, special interest groups, trips and other programs. All the individuals on the executive team, chairpersons of committees, and instructors of the classes and activities are volunteers.

I have taken drawing, watercolor, life story writing, chorale, and poetry classes. There are other classes I’m interested in taking such as ceramic, photography, Tai chi, and ballroom dancing. For the current semester, I’m taking poetry, watercolor, and chorale. That’s all the time I could spend on taking classes. I enjoy them and best of all, I made friends with members of these groups.

Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS September 16, 2017

Eagle Creek Wildfire

The Eagle Creek Fire is a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The fire was reported on September 2, 2017, and was caused by teenagers igniting illegal fireworks. As of September 11, 2017, the fire had slowed growth, due to rain, yet still expanded 2,000 acres overnight, to 35,588 acres.

Fire and smoke from Columbia River Gorge on September 4, 2017

I was with Mercy and Will at a park in North Portland on the afternoon of September 14. I took a few photos of the sun around 6:20 p.m. The smoke was still heavy in the sky. The ray of the sun was filtered by the smoke and turned the sky into a smoky red. I hope the rain will come soon to reduce the smoke in the air.




Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 62 – Mirror & Fun

The words for Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 62 are Mirror & Fun.

Lake, Mountain Lake, Mirroring, Water
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Mirror image

Reflected in still water

Serene Peacefulness

Ideal spot to rest sore feet

Fun scene to capture photos


Kiwinana”s Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 62 – Mirror & Fun