Thinking of CS Lewis

April 20, 2014

writerraebeth:

A thoughtful Easter post

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

On Easter, most readers are thinking of Beatrix Potter’s rabbits, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, Peter, and their cousin Benjamin Bunny. Instead, I thought of CS Lewis today. Why? For starters, a writer friend sent me a video featuring a pair of beavers repairing their home during a warm spell.

It is still winter, and ice remains. A warm wind has caused a bit of a thaw, so the beavers are out and about. They ignore the photographer, and go about their beaver business. Which would be interesting enough, but about 2 minutes into the video – one of the beavers stands on his hind feet and carries a load of sticks.

This wild beaver suddenly reminded me of Mr. Beaver and his wife from CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Many of you will recall the first encounter with Mr. Beaver from the movie – how he startles…

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Buds and Blossoms

April 19, 2014

writerraebeth:

In celebration of spring, I share my friend’s bouquet in photos

Originally posted on Clover's pages:

Partially open daffodil

Partially open daffodil

First sSpring Bouquet

First Spring Bouquet

Mini Daffodil

Mini Daffodil

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Spring Promise

April 18, 2014

writerraebeth:

It is really real

Originally posted on Clover's pages:

We now see spring’s promise everywhere.

Spring Green
Spring Green
Spring Promise of things to come
Spring Promise of things to come
Daffodil Leaves and  Bud
Daffodil Bud

Blossoms are on their way!

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Quotable Robert Louis Stevenson

April 17, 2014

writerraebeth:

Another great author’s philosophy on life

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote some of my favorite books: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Even though he died in 1894, his work still resonates with readers. The Robert Louis Stevenson quote I’ll share first is often re-worked and painted on signs, embroidered on samplers, and printed on buttons: “That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.”

In my life, I try to live as well and kindly as possible, laugh (at no one’s expense) often, and love my family and friends. I also try to show love and kindness to all the creatures with whom I share the planet.

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Legendary Swords

April 12, 2014

writerraebeth:

In the resting history of magical swords

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Busy today tidying up (though in truth I can only make a small dent in the tidying that needs doing). As I slide books back into their slots on my bookshelves, I noticed the great number of stories that have swords or blades in them.

My favorite swords are the lightsabers of the Jedi knights of Star War’s fame, King Arthur’s Excalibur, and the famed sword/s of The Lord of the Rings. There is always the debate whether Arthur had one or two swords. One pulled from the stone and a different blade given to him by the Lady of the Lake seems to indicate two different swords, but there are other takes on these mythical events.

As for The Lord of the Rings’ sword/s, I refer to Narsil, the blade broken into shards during battle. Isildur, son of the king, used the hilt-shard to slice the…

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Cat hair jewelry? Fur and steel make the “purrfect” combination

April 11, 2014

Originally posted on What Inspires Your Art?:

Flora Davis and her cat, Gaia, are business partners. Let me explain. One day, Flora was brushing Gaia’s hair and had the brilliant idea to turn all the shedding fur into something useful. The result? Cat hair jewelry. You read that right: cat hair jewelry. As Flora puts it, her business involves “loving cats, loving metals, and combining them into artistic expressions of my love for both.”

I know you’re dying to learn more, so we’ll hear from Flora about what inspires her unique art, and the full story of how her product came about. Read on, or go directly to her blog or Etsy store.

Here are some of her exquisite pieces:

Spirally Haze

Flora’s two cents

My creative process starts with an urge, a knowing, a desire to create something. I literally sleep on…

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Springtime: Traditions

April 10, 2014

writerraebeth:

Brings back old memories of grinding horseradish outdoors!

Originally posted on Clover's pages:

One of spring’s traditions is gathering sap and making maple syrup.  We did that a few years when we had several maple trees nearby and kids willing to gather the sap.  It was a lot of work, and took a lot of time for all of us — with me doing the cooking — in the house on our electric stove!

Digging horseradish roots, early spring.

Digging horseradish roots, early spring.

Another springtime tradition, or chore (as such things really are) is the harvesting and preparation of horseradish.  To get the best strength, it has to be done only during certain months, early spring before leaves grow, and also –,  according to Wikipedia – in late fall, after the leaves die back.  Old traditions say, if I remember right, any month with an “r” in it!

Just one of the larger roots.

Just one of the larger roots.

Roots are dug when the garden thaws, tops cut off to replant and…

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Quotable Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

April 9, 2014

writerraebeth:

Food for writing thought

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Creator of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has dozens of marvelous quotes. I know I’ll pick another one to use in the future, but for now, I’ll share this often re-quoted tidbit from The Sign of Four: “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

Star Trek fans and others will recognize this quote. And for writers who want to challenge their readers, this quote is something worth thinking about. As long as you give the clues, improbable out-comes often make for better stories.

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Online Art Gallery

April 8, 2014

writerraebeth:

Cool place to list artworks

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Castle Rock Cropped  For my readers who are artists or illustrators, I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to have a free online gallery of your work along with an art statement and CV. I stumbled across the Irving Sadler Artists File two years ago, and just recently updated my gallery and some of my info.

Artists and art-lovers alike, please check out my listing on the Irving Sadler Artists File. You can find thousands of other artists there, plus artists can add their own gallery.

Happy viewing!

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Finding inspiration in the faces

April 7, 2014

writerraebeth:

With many thanks to
Timothy Pike, please check this out!

Originally posted on What Inspires Your Art?:

Here is some art you need to check out! Today I’m thrilled to feature Rachael Z. Ikins , an author and visual artist from the Finger Lakes region of the U.S., who published her first poem and sold her first piece of art at the age of fourteen. Fourteen! Since then, she’s won all sorts of awards and been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, as she details on her website. Read on to find out a little about what makes Rachael tick.

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Now, hold onto your hats and take a look at these:

Still Life Billiards (acrylics)

Still Life Billiards

Rachael’s two cents

I am inspired in my arts by the faces of other living creatures. I like…

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