International Colour Day: Celebrating the Equinox in a New Way

International Colour Day

  Thanks to Instagram I discovered International Colour Day, which was created in by the AIC ~ International Colour Association.  I am still charmed by color spelled with a “u” since I grew up in Canada, and it took me awhile to unlearn the spelling when I moved to the United States. The AIC chose [...]

Happy Boxing Day: History Hidden in the Snow

  The day after Christmas is Boxing Day in Canada. The 26th of December was the day of let-down after the fervor of Christmas, but I did like the sound of the phrase Boxing Day. The origin of the holiday was murky in my mind as a child, though I remember the part about British [...]

Green Tree of Grace and Widest River of Despair: Muriel Rukeyser on War

Tree of Life Mosaic by Nutmeg Designs

    Elegy in Joy [excerpt] by Muriel Rukeyser We tell beginnings: for the flesh and the answer, or the look, the lake in the eye that knows, for the despair that flows down in widest rivers, cloud of home; and also the green tree of grace, all in the leaf, in the love that gives [...]

Bright True Red: Image in Both Poetry and Mosaic

River of Life Cross by Margaret Almon

  Looking through my poems from another lifetime ago, I found Cherry Tree Sonnet, which would have slid easily into the 40 Below Anthology.  My poems often came to me in an image, and my mosaics spring from the same source.  H.D. and her Imagist poetry made wonderful sense to me. Cherry Tree Sonnet My [...]

The 40 Below Anthology: Sharing Stories of Edmonton Winters and my 1975 Snowman Captured on Film

My Snow Man March 8, 1975 in Edmonton, AB

    My copy of 40 Below: Edmonton’s Winter Anthology arrived this week.  I was excited to see my name in the table of contents and look forward to reading many accounts of Edmonton winters.  I took this photo of a snow man(as I referred to him) with my mother’s Brownie camera in 1975 when I [...]

Halloween and Rediscovering The Marvelous Land of Oz and General Jinjur and her Splendid Colors

General Jinjur from The Marvelous Land of Oz, John R. Neill illustrator

  Halloween put me in mind of my favorite pumpkin, Jack Pumpkinhead from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill.  My father taught a University class of Children’s Literature, and the volumes from the reading list had a magic allure.   Flipping through my father’s annotated copy, [...]

W is for Wernersville, PA and the Jesuit Center, A to Z Challenge 2013

  W is for Wernersville, PA and the Jesuit Center.  When I was introduced to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises at the University of Scranton, little did I know that Stratoz be the one most touched by them.  My spiritual director, when I told her I was moving to Lansdale, had said “Wernersville.  That is where [...]

Making Chemistry Enticing with the Illustrations of Edward Youmans

Edward Youmans

I first saw these chemistry illustrations via Maria Popova over at Brain Pickings, How Chemistry Works: Gorgeous Vintage Science Diagrams, 1854, by Edward Youmans.  My mosaic eye was immediately drawn to the modular construction of the flame in Chemistry of Combusion and Illumination. The quilt-like arrangements of Isomerism intrigued me as well.  And of course, [...]

Friday Five: What Makes You Smile?

Red-Tailed Rainbow by Margaret Almon.

I am playing the Friday Five at the RevGals.  This week’s question is What Makes You Smile?   1.  Listening to live jazz with Stratoz. It’s coming up on 10 years since we started enjoying jazz music, and it has brought us many smiles, especially since the musicians are usually smiling themselves.     2. [...]

RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: Where is its home?

Today I am playing the RevGal Friday Five: Where is its home? Tell us your favorite homes for five things, the places that you can always and reliably find them.  The idea of items having “homes” has taken awhile for me to catch onto.  In my house, it seemed only special things had homes.  The [...]

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