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Art and Faith

This past weekend began my last four fair weekends. The first three Saturdays of October are Saturday Artisan Markets at Canalside in Buffalo. I have great hopes for these Saturdays since our September Saturdays were blown out due to high winds. We're expecting rain, but it appears that the cold front will go through on Friday. Here's hoping to decent weather. Honestly, I don't mind the rain so much, it's the wind that can be problematic.

Over the summer while I've created items for sale, I tend to contemplate life questions, and many of them focus around my chosen fields (weaving and writing) as well as my Christian faith. Can the two connect in any meaningful way or must I constantly separate the two?

In years past, it has been a struggle especially since I tend toward abstract and less realism in my art work. My art work tends to be feelings and impressions less than actual images. When I approach a theme, I begin with images, and work from there. At my former c…

Appleumpkin Weekend

It's that time of the year again in which apples and pumpkins overpopulate the small village of Wyoming in Western NY. Once again, I will have a booth set-up on Route 19 (South Academy Street) with handwoven goods, hand bound journals and, of course, books to sign.

Everything begins at 10 am and goes until 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Find me at the blue dot below. Once in Wyoming NY, I'll be across from the Middlebury Historical Society and next door to the Village Hall.

Walking Through Doors

There is something about doorways that intrigue me. They intrigue a lot of people, apparently given the amount of door photographs on Pinterest which is where all these came from. One of my boards is dedicated entirely to doors.

I like doors partly because you can go through them. Windows are cool enough, but tend to be utilitarian in design. They offer a glimpse, but not an entrance. One of my favorite scenes from the Sound of Music is where Maria makes the comment that "God sometimes closes a door, but he always opens a window."

Doors lead us to new places, new activities, new experiences and new relationships. These doors can be metaphoric or physical. I've had doors slammed in my face, and doors opened to me. Doors protect us, and define us.

Since this week is the beginning of a new season, take the time to evaluate what you do, and the why. For some of us, this is a natural part of our rhythms. I tend to reevaluate my projects and focus around the beginning of Octo…

Hour by Hour

Balance. It's a tough path to follow partly because the older we become the more life forces us to balance on our walk. As a kid, I had school, friends, family and playtime. Most of that worked out well together: I went to school and played with my friends at recess or after I finished my homework. As a teenager, sports (for me at least) were added to mix. I had a job in middle school that required some extra time, but since it was selling Christmas cards, I didn't have to travel to the job.

College added still more layers when I had to start making important decisions and managing my time effectively. Now, as an adult, I have businesses to run, relationships to maintain both near and afar, not to mention the day to day activities.


Then life throws you a puddle in the middle of the walk.

Some will stop there in horror; some will walk around; some will tiptoe through while others will run, splash or dance. It takes all kinds, and it takes all moments. As it nears the e…

Saturday Artisan Market

This is where I'm going to be on Saturday. It's in Buffalo NY along the Erie Canal. Actually it's a cool place to visit. If any of you are in the Buffalo area this weekend, come by.

Religious Art

So, on Friday, I left you with a question about reclaiming the arts. While I admit this is primarily a Christian concern, it intrigued me if anyone would have any ideas. Perchance you did, but no comments were left. I'll offer some of my thoughts on the situation, and see what you think.

Overview For the majority of human history, art and religion coexist. Think of places like Stonehenge, temples in Egypt, Jerusalem and other places around the world. Many cultures also have skilled artisans creating the items to be used in religious ceremonies. Art was, and remains, the primary way humanity expresses its greatest emotions whether anger, hope, joy, sorrow or worship.

Even into the Middle Ages, art coexisted with religious institutions, in fact the Christian church was the largest supporter of the arts throughout most of modern history, especially in Europe. Buildings such as the cathedrals, as well as the decoration within such as the roof of the Sistine Chapel provide examples of …

Question to Ponder

I'm looking for some thoughts because I like to hear other people's opinions about things. What does it mean to "Reclaim the Arts"? How would we go about doing so? Is it needed?

Post your comments here, or over on my Facebook page (here)

I've been hearing this term "Reclaiming the Arts for Christ" a lot lately, and wanted to know what others thought about it. While it primarily seems to be a Christian thing, hence the "for Christ" part, how do people perceive the statement? Can something like art be reclaimed?

Hints about Azure and Orfhlait

It's September, and I have taken most of the summer off from writing, but it's time to begin writing again. Besides, I have Orfhlait captured, and Azure with a seriously injured brother.

Time to take care of those situations, I suppose.

For those of you anxiously awaiting news of Brun, rest assured, as Azure Maris often reminds herself, "The priesthood of Deep Waters cannot die."

The bad news for Azure fans is during September I will focus on Orfhlait's situation (good news for Orfhlait fans, though).

So what are some of things to expect in the upcoming books? Orfhlait ends up far from home, in a land she does not know, and must reconcile her Christian faith in this new world. For her, freedom begins to take on new meanings. While she is free from the convent's regulations and expectations, she is no longer free. To her mind, she has traded one slavery for another. Just how free will she ever be?

For Azure, things begin to heat up even more in Book 3 (Azure D…

First of the Month Review - September

Back to the reviews, and I realize that today is Tuesday, but yesterday was Labor Day in the United States, so I finished up my writing vacation.

For those of you who don't know about my other site focusing on the weaving/fiber arts, Bryony Studios is the site. If you're interested in fiber arts both history and patterns, make certain to check out the Bryony Studio blog.

Also, by clicking on the book cover, it will take you directly to Amazon where you can purchase the book. Just to let you know, by clicking on the book, I receive money based upon clicks. The same is true for the other book covers as well.

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson is one of my to-go to books both for ideas as well as information. Quite honestly, it's pack full of interesting tidbits that help guide the new writer. Added to the notes Emerson has, she's interviewed many of the big names in historical murder mystery including one of my favorites, Elizabeth Peters, aut…