Share Your World 5-11-20


What do you know! I am right on time for SHARING MY WORLD THIS WEEK!

This is the challenge where Melanie (the hostess) shares weekly questions geared to help us all reveal a little bit of how we live and think. Here are her questions for the week and my answers:

  • I asked this on an award thingie I was nominated for, and I got such interesting responses, I thought I’d ask it on Share Your World too:  Do you have a favorite kind of tree

I love black locust trees. They are so fragrant in the early summer.

Black locust (Not recommended) | The Morton Arboretum
  • What bridges are you happy you burned

I am happy I burned my bridges to the business world and entered the ministry. That said, I am aware that most bridges can be rebuilt should one really desire it.

  • Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger?

I don’t think any of us truly knows the answer to this question. In the moment? Stirred by a cause or a story? I don’t know. I think I might have the courage to do so if I had time to ponder the stranger’s plight, but would it be instinctive ( like jumping in front of a bus in a moment’s time)? I have no idea.

  • How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over?

My emphasis on the interior life has deepened. My focus on art has grown. My view of money and provision has also greatly shifted. I feel more free now than I have felt in many years.



Please feel free to share your gratitude!  During this troubling time, some positive input is sorely needed, so any memes, stories, photos, or anything else you find uplifting is welcome!   Please share!   Thanks!  

I have so enjoyed taking part in


This online Global Arts Summit is absolutely 100% free but registration is required. To register, visit When you do, you’ll get instant “lifetime” access to the summit resources and you’ll be able to view them on your device of choice at a time and place that’s convenient for you. If you have any trouble, you can reach out to the email address listed on the summit website.


LAUNCHING IN 5,4,3,2….

Notes From the Vicarage

The Bridge Artistic Networkhas just officially been LAUNCHED as a FACEBOOK Group! It is for artist of every ilk and all ages. We all remember what it felt like starting out…and we know what it feels like being where we are…COME JOIN THE COMMUNITY AND ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION…And Help each other to GROW AND THRIVE!

If you know me, you know I have a heart filled up with love for artists.  I want them to know they are cherished, that their work, their gifts, their talents and abilities have great purpose and value!

I mean can you imagine trying to weather the storm of COVID19 with out the arts and entertainment?  What about falling in love or going through a break up with out music, or even just a long drive by yourself?  What would life be like without theater, dance movies, television?  What about painting, drawing, poetry, writing…Sculpting…

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Art For the Month of April Pt. 1

Yesterday was our monthly C.cada ( one of the local artist communities I am involved in) meeting. We met remotely of course by Zoom. It was our first attempt at it and we managed pretty well with the first time tech use. We had a devotion at 9 like usual and an emotion check-in. Then we all went off for four hours to do our work. At 1 P.M. we gathered back together to show everyone what we had done.

I shared a poem I had written entitled, “Moving A Season” . You can check it out by clicking on that link.

My sister shared a drawing she had done along with a short written prose poem. Isaiah Lewiston shared a song he had begun to write. Bella Lewiston shared two paintings she had finished over the last six weeks and another one she started. Betty Knowlton shared some of the bead paintings she had been working on and Ken Knowlton shared two graphic pieces and a photograph he had been working on.

I did not share any of the sketches I had been working on so over the next several posts I will share those.

Here is the first one. It is a cartoon cat creation I was experimenting with.

Quotes From An Artist’s Reboot

Brenda and I are working through a book geared to reboot us as artist’s. We are writing extensively about it over at our other blog Notes From the Vicarage.

But I did want to share a few quotes from the book here:

“Every Child is an artist. The trick is remaining one as a an adult.” Pablo PIcasso

“It is solved by walking.” Augustine of Hippo (note this means if you have a problem take a walk!)

It is important to be very gentle with yourself, especially in the early days of a transition.- Julia Cameron

A Word About Artistry 4-27-19

This “word” came to me in my prayer time the other day. As this is art show weekend at Cornerstone. I thought it was a fitting word to share

True artistry is living out of the authentic self by demonstration. That is not the authentic self we have created in response to the world. Artistry is the expression of the deepest self, the self that is connected to the Creator and is untouched, uninfluenced by the world.- J. Lillie

Hey don’t forget to check out our family blog at NOTES FROM THE VICARAGE.

A Day At Ccada 5-21-16


Our monthly artist’s gathering at Cornerstone Church in Winchendon MA was almost a week ago now. Because of our Network Pastor’s Council I am just finishing up this post today.

Our group is dubbed C.cada (Cornerstone Christian Artist’s Day Apart).  We are a group of people dedicated to giving each other space to do our work and to helping each other figure out how to use our gifts for the good of the church and the community. All of the shawls above were made by the ladies below. They are the Prayer Shawlers. They are preparing to give out prayer shawls at our local Walk For Cancer next month.image

These are some of our artists hard at work. They are getting ready for our next Show-N-Tell in July.image

Norma and Patti are doing an on-line class in balloon bending as they prepare for a summer festival where we will be setting up .image

Every month we do a different art form study. This month our study was in watercolor. We had seventeen folks exploring this art form with teacher Charlotte Dorais.





Next month we will be hosting an informational outreach booth at Winchendon’s Summer Solstice Festival. Come visit us on June 18th.

30 Plus 1 Days Of Praise: Shoutin’ Saturdays 5-14-16

As we continue into the month of May it is time to worship and build up the name of Jesus. I would like to challenge all my readers to 30 and 1 days of praise! Everyday for the next month find a praise song and post it on your blog or Facebook account. Let’s light up the blogosphere with praises to Christ! Who will join me?

Time is short and the church is being called to a wakeful state to be ready when the bridegroom comes! Let Him not find us sleeping when He comes! Even so come Lord Jesus!

Learn more about the artists ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS HERE.

Here is another blog building praise in the blogosphere:


C.cada Weekly Update 5-13-16

C.cada is getting ready for its next monthly meeting. This month







Here is Ken’s weekly devotion from the website.

l recently drove by one of our local churches.  Written on their outside message board was written something like this, “What if people treated their Bible like their cell phone?”  Now I admit that am definitely old school when it comes to electronic and computer devices.  In fact, I don’t even own a cell phone or a tablet.  And while I have a TV, I only use it to watch or to record programs.  According to the Washington Times, adults in the US spend 4 1/2 hours a day on their phones.  CNN has found that the amount increases to 9 hours a day for US teenagers.  And that’s not counting any use of it at school.  That’s more than 2 1/2 days a week and more than 136 days of the year.  What if they are fortunate enough,  10 For the days of our life, to contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away. (Psalm 90:10)  It will fly even faster if we spend that much time on our cell phones.

 What if?
What if?

Think about it…we use our phones for calls, texts, GPS, listening or recording music, videos, games, time, TV, photography, watching or  recording movies, access the internet, download apps, take a picture, download and read books, check medical records, do online banking or participate in thee various social media.  And that’s just what I’ve heard from others.  What if we used that time differently?


What if we spent that time with Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit?  I can only imagine.  What if we spent that time reading the Word and then following up on what it says?  While using a cell phone is not necessarily a bad thing, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.  When we start spending large chunks of our lives staring a tiny screen, to the exclusion of social interaction, safe driving, and common politeness, we have gone over the bounds of wisdom.  10 Better is one day in your courts (presence) than a thousand elsewhere. (Psalm 84:10)  Even better than that cell phone.  Or anything else that takes your attention away from God and what He wants for your life.


We spent our days getting closer to Him instead of all the other things we think we need or want to do?  We can only imagine what rewards God will have for us.

30 Plus 1 Days Of Praise: Faithful Fridays 5-13-16

As we continue into the month of May it is time to worship and build up the name of Jesus. I would like to challenge all my readers to 30 and 1 days of praise! Everyday for the next month find a praise song and post it on your blog or Facebook account. Let’s light up the blogosphere with praises to Christ! Who will join me?

Here are some other bloggers who are building the blogosphere’s worship-scape

Sue’s Nook

Another Red Letter Day

Join them with a worship post of your own today!