I was born in Upper Michigan and learned there, living on a small farm amidst a panorama of seasons, to appreciate all of the beauties of God's creation. It was there that I developed an interest in creative art and writing. As a retired R.N. I now find time to explore my creativity and share it with others. I hope that I can inspire others to become more aware of all the everyday gifts in nature that are all around us.

Today I received a most amazing letter from a gentleman who purchased two of my early watercolors back in the 80s. It renewed my interest in using my creativity to share my love of the beautiful world around me with others. Often, we do or say things because we love to do them, and we never realize the impact that they have on the lives of other people. They are like ripples on the water that silently spread out in circles reaching out towards the sea around us until, one day, we realize that we all do make a difference as we walk along the pathway of life.

Through my years of painting, I have chosen to share memories of my childhood and the many warm memories that winter time in the country brought into our lives as children. Though I enjoy painting landscapes mostly, it is the paintings of children playing in the snow that seems to touch the lives of most of my followers. I can only say, that perhaps it is because most people are again reminded of their own childhood, or their children”s, and the simple moments of being young and carefree in a world less complicated. It was a period in our lives, when time, seemingly, stood still.

The letter was just another reminder that even the smallest actions or words spoken can touch the lives of others, bringing joy and inspiration.

I am thankful for all of the little things , in life, that brighten the corners of our world and encourage each of us to let our light shine for others. Thanks to my unknown friend for the unexpected letter and sharing his sentiments.

snow in town