Dieu on the Grass

My Poetry Book

Years ago I wrote a book of poetry called, Tender Cracks, that I self-published on Blurb. It was a very quick and easy way for me to publish my poems, but it was very DIY with no proper cover (I used a photograph I had taken myself) and no ISBN. After talking to a fellow writer who has published her own books and advocated for me to try publishing my book on Amazon, I realized that I won’t be satisfied until I do a proper job of it.

So, with a lot of work and time, I revamped my book with a new cover with the help of a designer, and published Tender Cracks on Amazon Kindle.  The book is more polished looking and comes with some new poems included. The paperback version is also coming and will be available to order soon!

Tender Cracks on Amazon

Preview the Kindle ebook here:

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Watercolor on rice paper.

Sunflower

Going through my old art work to frame and decorate the house and found this old high school project. An embossed lino print (basically you carve your “drawing” into lino and use a press to create the embossing on paper and then add watercolor tints to bring out the embossing). This is definitely going up somewhere!

Making Macarons

Results of my macaron class. There’s something about their light, fluffy chewiness that makes them so good! 

Autumn Is Here

Lovely walks during the changing of colours.

Morning walk by the river

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At the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Beautiful day with beautiful flowers with my sweetie.

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Sweet Treats

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My Book

It’s been forever since I’ve written any poetry, but until I get inspired again and hopefully writing again, you can check out my book of poems, Tender Cracks, from the Calgary Public Library!

https://calgary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/901402095_tender_cracks

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Growing Things

Loving the little plants I bought which are thriving in my apartment.

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Buddha

Today I went to the Glenbow Museum and sat in front of my favourite piece in the Arts of Asia exhibit. A bronze lacquered Buddha – glowing – otherworldly. The look on his face was one of complete peace, love, acceptance, calm. Looking at his face gave me peace and the desire to be that peaceful.

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Palomar Hotel, San Francisco

While exploring San Francisco during my visit this Christmas, I came across this beautiful hotel. The color of it reminds me of macarons, those lovely little French pastries that taste so good.

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Macarons from my last trip to Paris.

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The woods are lovely

I’m a city girl, but how I often long for nature.

More photos from Muir Woods.

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At Muir Woods, California

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Sun shining through the Red Wood trees.

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Hiked till sun down and the moon appeared.

Art and Life

Visited a museum shop today and while browsing, I came across some handmade jewelry by a local artist. Although the jewelry was beautiful, I really loved her artist statement:

I love the way the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, described the importance of art; that it was a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and was indispensable for the life and progress towards the well-being of individuals and of humanity. Art has purpose. It can capture historical events or aspects of nature. It can symbolize a devotion to the divine, protection from evil spirits, the love of two people, or a commitment to a common cause. It can stir our senses and call us to action. Art contributes to our collective spirit. As the worlds economic forces drive people towards homogeneity, our hunger for the special, the unique, and the innovative will most assuredly grow. Art is the antidote to a bland world.

~Franny. E. Strathern

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Christmas Shopping Mall Decorations Done Right

I was passing through my local mall the other day and was awestruck by the hundreds of strings of lights suspended from the skylight. The lights spanned across at least 3 levels.

It reminded me of a sky full of stars. Christmas decorations at their classiest.

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Christmas Snowflake Ornament

Purchase of the day. I love this so much that I’ll probably keep it out all year round!

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Your Heart is the Size of a Fist

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– Lora Mathis

A Museum of Personal Objects part II

I’d like to think that my things don’t own me, and have imagined the freedom that would come with living a Spartan existence. Every few months I take stock of my belonging and throw away or donate things I never use. But it seems to me I am always collecting more than I throw away.

My love for history and museums and the innate curator in me though, likes to imagine things are more than just things. Some things can tell you a lot about a person.

Here is part 2 of my collection of things.

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Seasons in the city

Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.

~Yoko Ono

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