I didn’t paint this, but isn’t it beautiful?!

Pink, orange and yellow – Zinnia colors.  I squirted them liberally across the top of
the old painting’s canvas then mixed them with long brush strokes.

I found a bunch of picture frames sitting along a leafy
patch of back road a few weeks ago.  We have a lot of large, blank wall spaces, so I threw them into the back of the van and brought them home.  Last week, as school was winding down for summer, I dove-in, mixing paint and words on top of old paintings straight
out of the seventies.  

I love the
artistic alchemy of turning something old into something new.  
And, because I have no training in painting, I have a lot of


I took a couple of classes Pass/Fail during my senior year
of seminary.  I already had enough
credits and taking the classes Pass/Fail freed me from the pressure of an

I had fun in those classes. 
I wrote creatively and for the final project in one class I made a
book – hand bound with watercolor illustrations. 


If the only standard is joy, then I will paint to my heart’s

If no one’s grading me, what I would most like to do is make
a book.


My writing life is changing – this is something I feel intuitively,
an inner turning like the earth shifting just the slightest to make room as a
seedling emerges.  In the midst of this change, I’m realizing I want to approach
writing like I do painting – to embrace freedom and practice the alchemy of weaving
stories, old and new.  I want to remember
to live and write like it’s all Pass/Fail – to return to the freedom of
allowing love and joy to be my guides. 

What does writing look like for you these days?  Does summer impact your writing schedule and
routines?  What would you do if no one
was “grading” you?

*Photo credit for Zinnia Painting

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Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.

What if we chose to deliberately look for the small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God? 

That’s my proposal – that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.  

You’re invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder.  Don’t worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right – you’re welcome to come as you are.  

While you’re here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.      

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