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Margaret Barry Settlement House
I am a perennial optimist
I Am Becoming the Me I Was Born To BeAs I journey through this part of my life I have discovered my next mountain. The key is to be the me I want to be in the world, as my gift back to God.
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Category Archives: Sketches, quilts, photography
Weekly Photo Challenge: Through. The WordPress weekly photo challenge for 3/23 was Through. this photo was taken through an arch area at Taliesin West, designed by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual. The 3/16 challenge is to post photo(s) that are in some way unusual. The photo below is of a simple red parking meter. The concept behind it is not one bit simple ~ it is beautiful and … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted.The challenge this week is the topic of distorted. When I think of that word I initially think of something misshapen or perhaps grotesque. In light of my recent tour of Taliesin West~ designed by the brilliant … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge. I love to “give in” to my desire to go for a lovely walk through a pretty path in the woods beside a lovely lake. It fills my heart with joy. .
Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret. Regrets are often expressed in terms of paths not taken, things not said, and time not spent letting people know how much you love them. So for the times I could have spent in the company … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope. When I think of hope I think of many things. But they all revolve around the ardent belief that: goodness will triumph over evil; that no matter how dark the evening there will be light—from the … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple. I did not take art in elementary school. Art class was a special treat on Friday afternoons in my early elementary years. But art time also meant the best reader in the class had the joyous … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful. Being near water always makes me feel peaceful. The water seems to take on God’s rhythm. That was the sensation I had as I walked around the lake in this photo. You can read more about … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Between.I think I am in the mood for red and white this Christmas. I just noticed that! I have figurines for my Manger Mantel that are white. I have white candles on the mantel and tables. I … Continue reading
How do you decide on new year’s resolutions?The tradition for many of us is to make New Year’s resolutions. They are often begun in earnest and set by the wayside within days or weeks. This is so discouraging that many … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait. I did not want to post a photo of myself and I certainly cannot draw a picture of a person—especially of myself. I can do charcoal drawings of pumpkins, seashells, apples, gourds, vases, and onions. … Continue reading
This time of year there are so many showings and performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Most people know the story well….the miserly and unhappy Ebeneezer Scrooge; his nephew who never gives up on him; his assistant–the hardworking Bob … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration 12/9/11. It is Advent and then it will be Christmas. I know, we all know that. But that is what I am celebrating this month. So I am putting this picture in. It is a photo … Continue reading
Where do you go to be brave?. When I am afraid and need courage I go to God. He gives me strength to face what must be faced. When I need human reassurance I go to my husband. He is … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast. This photo challenge was from 11/18/11. I am finally getting around to it now! My initial plan was to make a lovely brunch one weekend morning and post a series of photographs of bacon, eggs, pancakes, … Continue reading
This time of year we can be especially aware of the role that food places in our celebrations. In the process of posting photos of my sketches I have been reminded of how deeply rewarding it was to draw them. … Continue reading
What does that mean? Well look to the apostles. Did Jesus call the learned, cultured, influential, and wealthy? Nope. Fishermen, sinners, tax collectors, and the like. He knew their hearts would open and hear Him. He taught them and guided … Continue reading
When I look out at the world in my journey through the day, sometimes I forget to really see it. Perhaps that is why my drawing class was so good for me. It helped me to see beyond my thoughts. … Continue reading
This time of year things get hectic for me. On top of the usual hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and decorating, concerts at church, Christmas cards, baking, etc. I try so hard to focus on God. Where would I … Continue reading
No–I am not including pictures of my Christmas lights or my Christmas tree this morning. I don’t have either up yet. Maybe today I will get those done; it is the feast of St. Nicholas, after all! Rather I want … Continue reading
People have so many similarities and yet so many differences. Each of us glistens a little differently in the glorious light of God, don’t we? Have you ever walked through a garden or even a farmer’s market and really looked … Continue reading
I have been either thrilling or boring you with my sketches lately. They are each from my brave foray into the world of drawing. My favorite thing to draw during that semester long course was the onion. I liked drawing … Continue reading
Did you know that it is Root Vegetable Month? What? How could you not know? We have been eating a wider variety of vegetables at my home. I tend to be a little repetitive in my cooking and meal preparation. … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting.Gosh–I am late posting this response to the photo challenge. It is still Advent though. And we are still awaiting Christmas. I finally downloaded this photo of my Manger Mantel into my computer so I can post … Continue reading
We are entering the baking, candy, and sweets time of the year, aren’t we? Of course, when it comes to candy and sweets I do have a bit of a sweet tooth year ’round. This charcoal sketch is here to … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Family. Here we are over the summer. Not the best shot of us—but the point is we had an absolutely delightful time.
As I grow and change my skills actually gain a little traction. Somehow my hand learns how to lift, touch, and move. When I took my drawing class and we were covering a new concept, I always hoped I would … Continue reading
When I am homesick for the sea I have some gorgeous photos on my wall of oceans at sunset. I must clarify that those are photos I did not take. Sometimes i need more immediacy than that. I am at … Continue reading
Some days I just have a bit of the doldrums. For part of today, that has been the case. Wasn’t feeling down or depressed or upset. But I needed to see something I had never seen before. I didn’t KNOW … Continue reading
Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows. I considered posting a picture from inside a building looking out a window. Instead I am posting a picture looking at a house showing the window and a gorgeous tree full of fall colors up against … Continue reading