June is a special month — full of blooms and birthdays and weddings. Green lawns and a rainbow of garden flowers brighten up the city. Also, in this part of the country, June signifies the end of the school year, much to the delight of many children and families.

This weekend was picture perfect with temperatures, warm but not too hot, and a breeze that refreshed spirits and households. There is a bit of bliss in the air, no question. As for bliss, I am experiencing some of that joy now after discovering that my poem, Girls and Green Apples, is featured as the Monday’s Poem this week at leafpress.ca. Truly, I am thrilled and honoured. To read my poem, just click in the title to go to the site.

I would like to end this early June post on a note of thanks for the inspiration given to us by the late Maya Angelou.

Books by Maya Angelou
Books by Maya Angelou

She brought her gift of words and actions to people of all ages; and, she inspired many of us to rise above some of life’s challenges. She has left us with such a legacy, both prose and poetry. Thank you, Maya!

Have a great week All!

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2014 is arriving with a bang, or two, literally! In Ontario and elsewhere, frost quakes are interrupting people’s sleep patterns and peace of mind. Check out this bolded term here if you wish to be  informed and reassured about this phenomenon that is occurring.

When I was growing up, I recall hearing similar sounds in the cold, dark nights of rural Ontario winter. Apparently, I was told, our 1902 red brick house was just settling itself for the night. I, also, recall that I was not too comforted by the thought that our very old house needed to go through this noisy process just to stay centred in the freezing cold countryside.

That aside, the weather has certainly been ideal for catching up on some winter reads, starting with Jim and Sue Waddington’s In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven. Gifted to me this holiday season, this book about my favourite group of Canadian artists, is a travelogue of two art aficionados who have traced the scenic inspirations of many of the paintings done by the Group of Seven. Detective skills coupled with instincts and their children’s observations combined to assist the couple in their journey. The hardcover book with many quality reproductions of paintings, sketches and photos is a beautiful item to add to your bookshelf and to browse on a cold winter’s day.

Cover photo from Goose Lane Editions website.
Cover photo from Goose Lane Editions website.

After holiday feasts and snacking, like me, you might be looking for some tasty, healthful, foods to add to your weekly menu. I would recommend that you check out Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes by Hearst and Open Road Integrated Media. With some fundamental ingredients of pasta, meat and vegetables, these recipes will provide nutritious, colourful dishes in the coming year. This Kindle edition is available at Amazon.ca. You will enjoy reading this anthology of recipes accompanied by appealing photos and added information pages. Enjoy.

Cover photo, NetGalley
Cover photo, NetGalley

Finally, happy to say that 2014 has started well for the poet in me as I have shared a couplet in the annual cooperative poem at leafpress.ca. You can check out this link to read a series of couplets inspired by the theme “wind”. This poem begins with the words,  I Hear the Wind Waiting . My contribution begins with  “Crystal coating…” Thrilled I am to be part of this diverse creation.

Best to all as we glide into the new year! 🙂

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