If you are still looking for a winter read, I would like to suggest one for you.

In December, at the end of 2010, a new anthology was published–Oil and Water and Other Things that Don’t Mix.

Proceeds from the anthology are directed to some of the people whose lives were impacted severely by the oil disaster.

Editors have worked hard to publicize the book and to keep current information in the public eye through a blog and Facebook.

This anthology contains many stories, essays and some poetry, including my poem, Before Petroleum.

Contributors were invited to share a bio post at the blog site–here is a link to mine:

Meet Patricia Anne McGoldrick—poet who wrote “Before Petroleum” poem.

In this anthology, I have met many writers through their stories in the book and bio posts, as well.

It has been an honour to be a part of this book, to help out in some small way.



It is one of those topsy-turvy winter days, the weather about 20 degrees warmer than yesterday.

Water is dripping outside my window and snow drifts are shrinking. The weather station warns about

flash freezes as evening approaches. Phew!

What is a person to do?

Luckily, I have quite a few options.

One option centred on completing a review submission–done & scheduled for posting!

Second option was a problem-solving mission with the  practically new dishwasher–it is now working smoothly again!

Third option, steep a cup of tea and continue with my winter read— the  Oil & Water anthology to which I contributed. This last one

has been a great past-time, reading one or two selections at a time.

Today, however, I am going to add to this activity by making a bookmark book. The inspiration from this comes from Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, a creative artist/bookmaker/author I have come to know through her website and emails.

I thought I would adapt Susan’s idea to fit with this anthology. Will attempt to make a series of bookmarks for the selections. I’ll see how it goes.

Will you make a bookmark book for your winter read?

Enjoy the rest of this day!

Oil & Water anthology