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Notes Along the Way · 2d ago

Loving Animals, Books, and Children

   An Artful Animal Alphabet, my first published children's book, has been released. What a thrill it is to hold this bright hardcover edition in my hands.Because I've worked for many years ...
Notes Along the Way · 2W ago

Returning to Mary Washington College

Brompton ©Mary Montague SikesSo many memories followed me as I returned to Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) for homecoming. We lived in Fredericksburg, Virgini...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

Light, Love, and Sculpture in Key West

Seward Johnson sculpture in Key West ©MM SikesWhen we landed in Key West, Florida last week, the first thing I noticed was the difference in the light there. The water, foliage, and even the...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

When Collections Are Auctioned

  A few days ago, I learned that the Media General Art Collection was being auctioned off. That fact denotes another sad "changing of the times".I was proud to have one of my pastel painting...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

Prompting the Writer and Artist - #Blogging A to Z Challenge 2017

Often the writer needs prompts to get started. So does the artist. That's why I appreciate the A to Z Challenge. This year was no different because the Challenge got me to create poems for 2...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

"Z" is for Zealous - #A to Z Blogging Challenge 2017

"Z" is for Zealous in the last day of A to Z 2017 Blogging Challenge. I think of this word as a great and forceful energy within our universe. I see it as strength bubbling with gigantic int...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

"Y" is for Youthful - #A to Z Blogging Challenge 2017

Only one more painting/poetry blog after today in the 2017 Blogging Challenge. "Y" is for Youthful. Perhaps today's painting should feature balloons in every color imaginable, but it doesn't...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

"X" is for Xanadu - #A to Z Blogging Challenge 2017

"X" is for Xanadu, a very special place in space. I love the popular song, "Xanadu". I admire the gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona by that name and its owner, Jason Horejs. I consider Xanadu t...
Notes Along the Way · 2M ago

"W" is for Wonder - #A to Z Blogging Challenge

"W" is for Wonder in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. What word could be more appropriate for the seeker who wonders about everything--people, the world, the universe, the earth beneath one's ...
Notes Along the Way · 2M ago

"V" is for Victory - #A to Z Blogging Challenge 2017

"V" is for Victory in the A to Z Blogging Challenge 2017. When do we face victory? Is it only in times of war? I think not. Accomplishments we make each day are victories in themselves. We a...