By the River

If poems were gowns, Holly would need a mansion to keep hers in! Maybe 2 mansions.

House of Heart

There’s a cabin set back in the trees, hidden like rabbits among the autumn leaves. In the window that looks out on the sleepy river, there is a writer’s desk  with printer’s ink and fresh flowers kissed by the sun. 

Do you recall the peaceful days we shared  among the redwoods that spoke to us?  Memories evoke such nostalgia for that ache, that fierce crushing devotion.

I left a basket of seeds in the arch of a tree for the birds to scatter, then I etched our names in its bark. I will always remember you and the cabin by the river, the sultry nights I danced for you, sheer layers of silk floating to the herringbone floor.

SteveHanks Art

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Gemini the hyperactive thinker

From Marina Kanavaki at Art Towards a Happy day, here is the third sign of the Zodiac as imagined by Anakreon Kanavakis, Marina’s father. Seeing each astrological sign go by, in a drawing by him, is adding another joy to my life.

Marina Kanavaki

[21 May – 20 June]

Today is the first day of Gemini, the third sign of the Zodiac.

Gemini is amutable air sign, ruled by Mercury.

Quick-witted and sociable they are always ready for fun [or not!] with a curiosity about the world that knows no bounds …but is there enough time?!

Starting from the last [12th] sign, I’ll be posting these original illustrations, Anakreon Kanavakis created for a calendar. [check it out here]

I love these so much, I designed a whole set of products with them at my art shop.

Here are a few.

Happy Sunday!

and… Happy birthdays to all Geminis out there!

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Daydreaming – Friday Fictioneers

A fab mural and a good luck splat. Thanks Thunder!

A Dalectable Life

Very sneaky, Rochelle!  You go to great lengths to get me to play Friday Fictioneers!  And it worked, too!  If you’re inspired to write a 100-word story based on my photo (thanks for choosing it, my friend), please do so by clicking on the frog below and adding your link.  G’head, it’s loads of fun!

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She stepped away from her cottage onto the grass, cool and springy beneath her feet. She lay on a small hill, crossed her feet and interlaced her fingers to cradle her head.  Gazing up at the blue sky, her thoughts drifted with the clouds, dreamily.  What I wouldn’t give to be able to ride one of those clouds or up and fly to diverse destinations with the birds.  To experience new cultures, go on adventures, to see—


Right on her forehead.

“Thanks a lot!” she shouted to the now empty…

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Take a little trip on Holly’s Sunbird’s song!

House of Heart

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore” – Andre Gide

We are winged and freedom is etched on the soles of our feet. Our voyage is uncharted, roaming deep blue ocean fed skies, the stars our only guide, intruders mesmerized by lush river banks of spicy cypress where Sunbirds have sung for a million years. We speak in tongues of the travelers before us , nomadic wanderers of the familiar and the unknown. Our nights are spent in shadows, waking to the sweet perfume of rain.

River Delta Sun Bird

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183 – Deep

Frank’s always interesting thoughts while walking on the beach may be intriguing, educational, colourful, ponderous, rooted in science, inspired, inspiring and more.
They are however, never shallow.
Take a walk with Frank and discover, if you haven’t already!

Closing comments here, but you can leave one on Frank’s blog!

Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Deep is my theme for the day. Deep that is intense, heavy, extreme, profound, mysterious, and obscure. Deep expands the mind because deep is a trip through the known into the unknown. Deep is the travel route to make meaningful connections.

With the sea, I think deep as a distance from the surface and then down to the floor. Different depths receive different amounts of light, therefore suitable for different life forms.

Photo by Sebastian Voortman on

Eventually, there is the darkest of deep – a place where light does not reach. A deep place without photosynthetic plants to serve as the producers to start the food chain. A deep place with other organisms able to…

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Rodin’s Garden, Rodin’s Window, and Rodin’s… erm… Lego?

Ford visited the Rodin Museum in Paris. He took some brilliant shots for us. Later he was inspired to paint “Rodin’s Window”.
BEST… he made a LEGO sculpture of “The Thinker”. I am impressed!

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Auguste Rodin. Le Penseur. The Thinker. Paris. 2022.

Last August, during a stay in Paris, I spent the day at the Rodin Museum. The museum was opened in 1919 as a dedicated space to display the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin – famous for his works such as Le Penseur (The Thinker), Le Baiser (The Kiss) and La Porte de l’Enfer (The Gates of Hell). The museum consists of the Hotel Biron which Rodin used as his workshop from 1908, along with extensive gardens where many of his sculptures are placed in a natural environment.

Spending time in the sculpture garden was a chance to meditate upon art and nature; to marvel at creativity while under the spell of luscious greenery and a hot blue sky. Inside the museum – the Hotel Biron – came the chance to become overwhelmed by the thousands of sculptures, drawings and paintings on…

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