The Year of the Bird


(Collage by friend & fellow artist Margaret Harrison.)

One year ago today I was wheeled into an operating room for the removal of what was killing me- my colon. It was Good Friday. It has been some kind of year. So much so that I can’t really wrap my words around it.

I’m still just sitting here after 5 minutes with no words leaking out of my pen. I blinked a couple of times realizing I’d been staring out the window at our bird feeder, ruminating over so much that has happened in the past 12 months. It’s dizzying. It’s breathtaking. It’s sobering. It’s worth remembering.


I gaze at these birds on our feeder and I remember that at one point in the past year I dubbed it the Year of the Bird. For some reason, I was given birds of various sorts both during and after my health ordeal: the above collaged painting of a robin, a sweet small figurine of a bird, a ceramic bird from Spain that warbles when you fill it with water and blow it like a whistle. Even this past Valentine’s Day, my mom made and sent me a collaged bird card.


Perhaps that is the way to hold all that has unfolded the last 365 days…my year as a bird:

-a time of exquisite beauty and dependence.

-a time of strength in helplessness.

-a time of abundant gain in and through losing something.

It’s a year that strangely doesn’t feel like it’s over quite yet. I do face a second surgery at some point in the next year as a follow-up to that first one, a year ago. I shall continue being that bird. Thank you friends and family for your gifts of birds. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers which saw me through it all. I do treasure them and even for the future.

With sincere gratitude,



**It’s Giveaway Time!!**


‘Tis the season for giving and I want in on the fun! For three individuals out there I am giving away one copy each of my three recently published books:

A copy of my new children’s book, Genevieve and the Kite!

A copy of Letters to an Artist, a book of encouragement for creative folks!

A copy of Words On A Line, a book of my poetry!

Here’s how to enter:

If you would be so kind as to advertise this giveaway either via Facebook or Twitter, or any other means you have at your disposal, I would love that! You can use the link to this post or share the post on Facebook.  And then, leave a comment on this post here on the blog OR in the comment section on Facebook, as to how you spread the word, and a way for me to contact you in case your name is drawn. ALSO: Put in your comment which of the three books you would prefer to have!! I’ll try to accommodate your wish when I draw the three names on Friday evening!! This giveaway is open to any who live in the US or Canada. So you have TWO DAYS to enter and participate in the gifting!

Thanks ever so much for sharing Genevieve and my other artistic endeavors with others! I’m so grateful for each and every one who visits my blog.

I’ll let you know the winners on Saturday morning! In the meantime, I hope you’re flying your kite, whatever that may be!