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I marveled as DearOldFriend and I walked along the river at Howard Amon Park. Lovely as it was yesterday I could not forget how most of the country groans through historic cold and mudslides. Still, we enjoyed the break in the weather and warmed ourselves in 50 degree sunshine.

I hope you feel warmed too!


The bandshell at Howard Amon Park in Richland

Outside the Gallery at the Park

Even after freezing traces of autumn hold out for spring.

“For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!”
Amos 4:13 (NLT)




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Walk #6


After shooting stained glass all over town I was able to tell a fellow blogger how it’s best shot from the dark side:

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(Click St. Joseph image for full view. Click browser “back” arrow to return.)

A few days later the girls and I went to lunch at Spoons. I soon discovered one of the best lunch spots in town is located in the stunningly beautiful Hope West Hospice:

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“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 (NIV)


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In this new phase of my life I often hear weekday television talk shows from my room. One conversation recently caught my interest so I joined Erin in front of the television for a while.

The co-hosts were talking about Refinery 29, the Take Back the Beach initiative and overall body positivity. I could go on all day on this, but I’ll try to stick to the program:

Logans runThe co-hosts talked about how people seem to be more obsessive than ever with morphing themselves into their ideal self-images. Is it just me or do images of Logan’s Run come to anyone else’s mind?


As a co-host I would have pointed out renown art through the ages. We consider even those now in pieces beautifully inspiring. Take Venus Di Milo and Michelangelo’s David for instance.

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Art inspires us, and while the inspiration remains in moderation it’s great. Yet it seems to me much of our global society has taken cosmetic procedures to a whole new level – too close to obsession for my thinking.

While not new on the scene, figureheads like Veruschka von Lehndorff, Dianne Carroll and Christi Brinkley continue to stand out in my mind among the haunting new images of Pia Trivedi, Aneta Pajak and Alisa Ahmann.
All. Painfully. Thin.

More than ever we seem to be morphing humans. Back to the the show again, they also talked about the increase in men having cosmetic procedures including hair implants to be more attractive to a prospective mate.

One host commented that with all this cosmetic manipulating (my paraphrase), When they start having children, they don’t really know what they’re getting; all they know is there’s a new baby. But the baby’s features will be a real surprise! Like, where did that come from?!

Personally speaking, when I was young I did not consider myself comely. I could not see beyond how people treated me; the people who loved me, provided for me, and cared for me. I saw myself as unattractive and fat mostly because that’s mostly what I heard. What’s more I had that hideous red hair people talked about. UGH!

Ultimately I came to understand that my family and loved ones regarded me the same way they saw themselves (not necessarily as they actually are/were). Naturally, they passed on to me what they had – distorted and sad as much of that was. Thanks to God, I am fortunate to have extended family and good friends, so I survived and went on to learn about a better, happier perception of life.

I understand the attitude toward body image and self-esteem. A poor self-perception, over-indulgences and genetics aren’t such a mystery anymore. Personally I experienced how for a season, my self-perception made me somewhat insensitive to others’ feelings and opinions. It happens.

What’s more, like many younger people today, I once took my appearance very seriously – making myself attractive to the opposite sex for sex’s sake. And consistently, the inevitable disappointment, emptiness and loneliness consistently signaled the end to nearly every intimate relationship. I eventually learned I couldn’t hide behind pop culture, fashion, make up and others’ opinions of me . I had to get to know, accept myself and then love ME.

We do well to focus upon

what the Bible says about our image:

“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…. So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”*

“This is the written account of the descendants of Adam. When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself. He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.””**

This says nothing about fashion or outward appearance. It’s about a process – knowing The Great I Am, so we know who He says we all are.


In photos of much younger me I look fit, stylish and for the most part attractive – until I spoke. It’s funny how a few decades can change things.


2016jan30copyToday I don’t think long about clothes (aside from not embarrassing my companions in public) or makeup – since I rarely wear much. The person in the mirror today resembles that younger girl mostly, only with many more wrinkles and utter resignation to gravity. This not only proves the adage, we don’t know what we have until we lose it, but that nothing lasts forever.


Now I daily recite the fact that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” “And how well I know it.”# In that truth I tend to focus more upon self-respect, self-perception and health consciousness – the inner me.

I don’t wish my history or my excess baggage upon any other human, and yet I am not that unique. When we feel good about ourselves, we feel better about the world around us. By understanding and accepting that we are formed in God’s image the burden of responsibility for ourselves is as much on God as it is on each individual. To date, I’m very okay with that.

As I age I understand better that we are all accountable for what we do with our image. Now I understand better that God sees past our perceived flaws, through all our faults and some slightly embarrassing secrets, right to our need. As we practice relationship with God, we begin to see ourselves as He sees us – lovely and perfect in His design for our lives. I’m thankful for that.

Our relationships with Him makes us all we can be.

That’s as much as I stick with talk shows  😀

“I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 (King James Version)

* Genesis 1:26, 27 (NLT)
** Genesis 5:1,2 (NLT)
# Psalm 139:14 (NLT)

Logan’s Run image courtesy IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3529873408/tt0074812?ref_=ttmd_md_nxt#

Venus Di Milo image courtesy Wikimedia.org: By Unknown – Jastrow (2007), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1999049

Michelangelo’s David image courtesy By Jörg Bittner Unna – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38304758


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To The Sweetest Sarah I Know

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Here at Villa Verde we’re celebrating our sweet Sarah this week, the only living member of my family I address by her actual name in this forum. in the Pacific Northwest where she’s a featured artist among several Seaside, Oregon establishments, she’s known as blossoming artist Sarah Louise. Her distinctive, infectious joie de vivre inspires and lifts me from gloomy moments more often than I like to admit.

Hoo n Roo 2015


Shra n Jo 2015 decSarah not only keeps me close, but she and her partner, Joseph Soller visit our family branch at least every year, no matter where we are. Not only so, fellow starving artists, she and Joseph generously gift our household with the joy of their presence, and with their magical artistry. shra jos pool

What I admire most about Sarah is how makes time to walk with me, talk with me. And to help keep me going while she’s away she gave me a Fitbit!

In her generous spirit I am sharing two of their works, certain What’s Next visitors will share the wonder.

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Original work by Sara Louise and Joseph Soller and Sarah Louise (c) 2015, 2016 All rights reserved



Here’s to you, Sarah Louise. May you own your brand of special always!

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*Sarah as Princess Elsa

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)


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February in The Pacific Northwest

Niece, Sarah has blessed our home with her delightful, spirited presence all week. Imagine our delight when she shared Seaside, Oregon’s Gilbert Historical District’s Blog post with us – where she’s a featured artist!

Source: The Gilbert District


“Sarah Louise Boslooper is a 26-year-old artist who loves to create artworks expressing the Pacific Northwest and nature or emotion in strong colors. She primarily works with acrylic or oil pastel on canvas or a mix of burning and painting on wood. She has a ‘hands on’ approach; if the paintbrush isn’t mastering the thought she’s trying to portray, she will literally paint with her fingers. Boslooper’s art can be viewed including the three-piece wave belonging to Seaside Yoga Studio, a commissioned (and completed) beautiful wall of art.”

Sarah Louise at Seaside Yoga

“The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, celebrating 12 years in 2016 is all about the arts. Visitors about, meet artists, sip wine or snag appetizers by favorite restaurants or personal chefs, view artist demonstrations, listen to an artist talk or enjoy live performances in music.”

Congratulations, Shra! and Seaside 😉  *

*Not a typo or misprint, thanks!

Source: The Gilbert District


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The Artist’s Staff

quill MediloMy quill on the floor
Bent, crushed beneath feet
Indifferent to its presence
Unbridled emotions bolt



Rework the shaft
Dip into the well
Ink pool indiscernible
Accidental art

pencils daniel_dThankful for provision
Hang the art
Make another quill
Fool, grab a pencil



Salud Roo’s Muse

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