Forced Panhandling: by Anna Waldherr

Thank you, Anna. Reblogged At Sunnyside. Leaders of the non-denominational Imperial Valley Ministries appear to have devised a new form of clergy abuse.  They are alleged to have imprisoned dozens of homeless, forcing them to panhandle 9 hours/day on the church’s behalf [1]. The church’s programs are billed as drug rehabilitation.  Destitute men and women…

So Who Mothers the Mothers? by Joanna Penn Cooper

Joanna Penn Cooper, writing in Image Journal, paints a poignant picture of the community of women :

“I think about the private nature of women’s stories of their own suffering, how they are shared at kitchen tables and in late-night phone calls,

James Tissot’s Animals

By The Hammock   Did James Tissot paint animals because they appealed to Victorian sensibilities, because they were part of the life around him that he recorded so faithfully, or because they enhanced his subjects with symbolic meaning? Numerous artists of Tissot’s time achieved great success as animaliers – animal painters – including Sir Edwin…

Be Near Nature And Change Your Life

Originally posted on Plants and Beyond:
~ Have you ever felt peace, rejuvenation, calmness when you find yourself next to Nature? ✨🌳☀️🌿✨ How about taking in the view of breathtaking greenery behind your window? The refreshing and relaxing effect of Green color making a positive effect on our brains. There is a multitude of scientific…

The Breath of the Forest

Ancient Skies   I sometimes forget to walk within my healing, boundaries not withstanding  often preferring the purity of winter, the breath of the forest, and hawk wings balancing on my shoulders. Scars? What scars?       Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies View original post

‘La Danse a Bougival’ by Tanya Shukla

Tanya Shukla is a writer, teacher, mother, and world traveler who shares her original poetry, fiction, and non-fiction at The Learning Prophet. Tanya also shares my appreciation for the paintings of Mr.Renoir, for whom she wrote this poem, La Danse a Bougival.  Join me at The Learning Prophet.  🙂 ‘La Danse a Bougival’ by Tanya…

Christmas Cards: Season’s Greetings from Edwardian New Zealand

HistorianRuby: An Historian’s Miscellany I’m delighted to share with you these colourful Christmas cards from the antipodes! This brief selection dates from 1900 – 1919 and the originals are stored in various repositories in New Zealand. New Zealand Christmas postcard circa 1905 – 1910 A parrot instead of robin redbreast? A parrot is not usually associated…

Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites

Lately, I have been delving into the lives of some of the talented women surrounding the Pre-Raphaelite movement, both artists and models, so I am delighted to re-blog this poem by Gwendrina. Published at The Peaceful Pub, “Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites” is a poem about “a fictitious member of the group based…

Light

Wendi at Simply Chronically Ill has a way of getting to the heart of good living. Her constant care for others is an inspiration – and a perfect expression of the spirit of this season. Joy and Light to all, Sunnyside 🙂    Simply Chronically Ill   As we enjoy the beautiful lights this holiday…

Kyoto Botanical Garden — rlmcdermott

What kind of trees were they that broke the color– all tall and green and dancing in the slow sunlight of an April afternoon? Women in blue kimonos stood beneath the delicate branches snapping pictures digital and bright. Children played, young mother’s strolled, stooped old men finished with their lives sat on stone benches. An…