Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Week 2017

When does Christmas begin?

The day after Thanksgiving?
The buying & selling world would have us 
believe it begins on "Black Friday."

But when stores have closed
their doors on December 24th
and all is calm, we know it is 
          The Holy Night. 

              Christmas has arrived;
             Christ the Savior is born.

    May the spirit of this beautiful season
     of Love remain with us, as we now 
             celebrate with great joy.

    The gift of Christmas goes far beyond
             what the world has to offer.

        Let the real celebration begin!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Miraculous Proof

Today is the feast day of Our Lady Of Guadalupe.

Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA

Juan Diego's tilma (a cloak from 1531) hangs in Mexico City
with a miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on it.
A beautiful proof bestowed by The Virgin Mary
as a sign of her mother's love for all of us. 


Don't we need something beautiful
to celebrate today? . . .

Sunday, November 19, 2017

First World Day Of The Poor

       Did you know?

                   (I didn't.)

If you follow the above link, you will find words of wisdom, compassion
and love for the poor from Pope Francis.

Sample  # 8

8. "At the heart of all the many concrete initiatives carried out on this day should always be prayer.  Let us not forget that the Our Father is the prayer of the poor.  Our asking for bread expresses our entrustment to God for our basic needs in life.  Everything that Jesus taught us in this prayer expresses and brings together the cry of all who suffer from life’s uncertainties and the lack of what they need.  When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he answered in the words with which the poor speak to our one Father, in whom all acknowledge themselves as brothers and sisters.  The Our Father is a prayer said in the plural: the bread for which we ask is “ours”, and that entails sharing, participation and joint responsibility.  In this prayer, all of us recognize our need to overcome every form of selfishness, in order to enter into the joy of mutual acceptance."


Friday, November 17, 2017


This evening along the creek bed
the lingering autumn light shed gold
on nameless trees and shrubs. 

And sometimes that unexpected light shines
on a writer and it's a beautiful experience.

First Things 

Here Is What I’d Like to Say to You | Kathleen Gunton

Caveat Lector


      Gratitude is the word for the day.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Walker Evans

This photographer documented people

who lived during the Great Depression.

Born on this day in 1903. He died in 1975.

Walker Evans captured life in black & white.
Today (for many reasons) we have a choice: 
color or black & white.

                    You choose.

Enjoy your world and capture whatever moves you.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Variations for a Celebration

My good writer friend from Laurel, MD
has advised me to add something to this blog.
"It's been awhile and your fans will think the
site has gone dark or that you've died."
                         He is right.

This is the month (and we all have one), where
we look at our life through the lens of one more

And so to all the loving, caring and generous
friends and family who remembered
my day with cards and texts and emails and flowers
and gifts of every sort, allow me to thank you here.

      Fall-fill of color
      One butterfly perched
      See the curly willow branch


         In a white bouquet
         Rose and Lily link
         Such purity of purpose             


     Peach-pink cheeks nestle
     Above Baby's Breath
     Only Love can love this way

   Sunflowers gather
   Mums in this autumn
   Poetic conversation

Love and thank you hugs especially to: 

Kathy L, Sandee & Fred, Teresa & Joel, Joe & Rosa
Rob & Brooke & Brandi, Gloria & Bob, Mo- & Gary, 
Bob & Carey, Anita & Steve, Phil & Judy & Ashley, 
Orman & Laurel, Dave F, Maurice O, Amanda & Abraham,
Nick, Alberta, Lynne & Eric, Jeanne & Don, 
and Mother Judith--who shares my birth day.

           You are each a blessing in my life!

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11th

There is grief enough today to fill the pages
              of every September 11th!

             (May our generosity help the victims of recent
               natural disasters . . . and, please God, we will
                 all contribute in whatever way we are able.)


                        September 11th 2001

Monday, September 4, 2017

George Eastman

Many photographers fell in love with
the camera and all its magic thanks to
a Kodak camera. Today we honor the
man who gave us spools of film to feed
our imagination.


    And though we are now in a digital age

where creativity in photography is boundless . . . 


      We thank you George Eastman!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Mother of God

Today we celebrate Mary's
Assumption--body and soul into Heaven.
In the Orthodox Church it is called
the Dormition of The Theotokos--
the "falling asleep" of the Mother of God.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee. . .
Pray for us now and
at the hour of our death.


Thursday, July 27, 2017


Nature shows us

There is enough for all--

If we just share . . . 


Sunday, July 16, 2017


For May Sarton (1912-1995)

Do you recall the day someone dear to you died?
Many of us honor that special day as a birth into heaven . . .

ABIDE           -for May Sarton

Bone white
Stalks of the day
Lily gone dead,
Yellow fennel flower
Dried to mustard seed size.
These riches from
Native plants abide
Like a beautiful life
That does not die,
But passes on
For the passersby.

                       -Kathleen Gunton
                       orig pub in The Aurorean

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Frederick Buechner

Do you know the name?

I invite you to look up the work of this
writer, theologian, and Presbyterian minister.
His thoughts on how to live life are beautiful--
and perhaps more importantly, true. 

 Happy Birthday! Frederick Buechner

                      Thank you

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

AMERICA (another verse)

On this special day of celebration  we might want to sing out the fourth verse to Samuel Smith's beautiful song.

May we sing it as loud as the fireworks
that light the sky this night into the early
morning hours.

May God protect each person who longs for
the freedom & liberty we enjoy.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 1st

Days move into summer . . .

Humid in the East and hot in the West. 



Someone should be celebrating
              and you know who you are.
                            With Love & Hugs

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One Photographer To Another

For today, a brief quote from
the photographer whose name &
work is well known -- even to those
who are not into photography.

     A picture from Southern California
                  as it really appears
                for much of the year.

      A little bit of heaven 
              for the painter or the photographer.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Blessings on all mothers today (and everyday)!

If you are a "mom" you know 
how easily life can pull you in
too many directions at one time.
Choices can become a heavy burden.

Today you are being honored for your
courage, your sacrifice, but mostly
your unfailing, your unconditional . . .


  You are never alone--there is an ocean of other mothers
                          out there who understand.

     Honoring some mothers who come to mind today . . .

Gloria, Carey, Judy, June, Anita, Annie, Sandee, Jeanne,
Lynne, Flora, Christina, Brandi, Bonnie, Nancy, Leslie,
Dianne, Sharon, Jennifer, Peggy, Kathy, Monique, Rosalind
& Mother Judith along with all the Servants of the 11th Hour
(many of whom are mothers to their own children as well
as to God's forgotten children.)

    (And let us also remember the women who do not have
the title of mother, but who care for and love many children.)

                   God Bless Each Of You 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Day/Week

What day should we honor teachers
for what they do?

Correct answer: every day

That being said . . .
Our Nation and individual states have choosen
special days and months, so whether you are
a student or a parent or a friend, pick a special
day and let a teacher know that he/she is much

A few words from the presidential proclamation 2016 :

Our future is written in schools across our country. It is likely that the first person who will go to Mars is in a classroom today. Our students are our future teachers, scientists, politicians, public servants, and parents -- a generation that will steer the course we will take as a people and make possible things we have not even imagined yet. We look to the women and men standing in front of classrooms in all corners of our country -- from cities to reservations to rural towns -- to vest America's daughters and sons with the hard skills they will need to put their dreams within reach and to inspire them to dream even bigger. On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, let us ensure our educators know how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress. 
                                                                                        -Barack Obama
                                                          President of the United States of America

Found on Twitter May 2, 2017     @JennHobby
"The best teachers tell you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." 

(I send special thoughts out to my daughter, Teresa Griffin--a generous & devoted teacher.)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter Season & Earth Day 2017



"the seamless garment of God's creation"
                                       -Pope Francis

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Beautiful Day

Don't you agree
        it is an especially
              beautiful day  
                  when someone sends

             flowers . . .


      God does it every day.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

National Catholic Sisters Week

March 8th-14th

During National Women's History Month in 2014
a group of working women were finally recognized
for the good they do. Sisters/Nuns--however we 
refer to these women, they taught us, and cared for us in
hospitals--and some even went to foreign lands to
feed the hungry and imprisoned.

This is the week to recognize these selfless women 
who did not work to become rich. 
Their loyalty to the God who called them will bring 
riches the world can't even imagine.

Rosella Poulin was one such "Bride of Christ."

On January 16th 2017 Our Lord welcomed her home.


Rosella grew up in Nelson, BC -- one of nine children. 
In 1947 she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Bellingham, WA.
During her life she taught high school, cared for
the infirmed and homeless and also did missionary
work in Haiti. 
She filled the world and my life with goodness and 
      "May a choir of angels come to greet you
               and speed you to Paradise,"

                        Aunt Rosella

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln & Friendship

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln !

We thank you for many of your ways
and many of your words -- which we
understand today.

"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."                          -Abraham Lincoln

With the words of Lincoln I am pleased to
wish a good friend and fellow writer a 
      very Happy Birthday today . . .

Orman, when your ship comes in
know that it will sail with a full crew
of those you have helped along the
way. Your wisdom and laughter
are gentle winds that have brought
many writers to the shores of


Friday, February 3, 2017

February: The Passion of Our Lord

Though Lent does not begin this year
until March 1st our world is being asked
by Pope Francis to consider how we might
serve . . .

Our current Pope is fearless, often
finding the right words, inspired words, for
a particular moment in time. May God
continue to care and watch over this
"man of peace." (Amazing how many
non-Catholics love Pope Francis. He
warms the Chair of St. Peter with Love.)

You can find the Pope daily at: 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Holy Spirit At Work

Sometimes in today's world it's difficult
to believe that the Holy Spirit is still at work--
that He has not abandoned us.
Pope Francis recently added a few
updates to the Beatitudes which should
give us pause and confirm that indeed
the Spirit of God is guiding the world.
We only need to listen. . .

"Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils
     inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.”
"Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned
       and marginalized and show them their closeness.”
"Blessed are those who see God in every person
       and strive to make others also discover him.”
"Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.”
“Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.”
"Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians."


Friday, January 20, 2017

Honoring Dignity & Uplifting Eloquence

Today we said goodbye.

(And thanks to live coverage)

we saw once again two 

people who brought honor

to the White House.




                     Thank You

Words from today give us pause as we ask once again:  

               God bless America
                      Give us wisdom
                            Mend our flaws
                                     Heal our wounds


Friday, January 13, 2017

After The Rain

At twilight last night
the sky was happy with the rain
that fell over Southern California.

"Here the rain, like everything else,
suggests permanence and eternity."
-Elie Wiesel from Dawn 

Friday, January 6, 2017


On this day Christians

recall the story of the three

Kings and the gifts they

brought to honor the Christ Child.

Seems like an appropriate time for
this writer/photographer to honor
some of the literary publications &
editors I've worked with this past
year. Thank you! Through your efforts
and devotion you keep the literary
world alive.

 Christopher Bernard   Caveat-Lector
 Heather Cuthbertson  Gold Man Review
 Danny Judge  The Indianola Review
 Amy Sage Webb  Flint Hills Review
 Virginia Howard   Thema
 Patricia Caspers   West Trestle Review
 W. B. Gerard  That Literary Review
 Megan Jones   Perceptions
 Valerie Wallace  Rhino
 Valerie Lawson & Michael Brown  Off The Coast
 David at The Last Line
 Editors Studio One
 Editors  The Healing Muse
 Editors  GNU Journal
 In addition:          
 Sarah Jane Sanders & Jessica Durham
 at the Eat Exhibit Norton Center for the Arts

Some links you may want to check out: