Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Weekly Honing : Tradition


I was recently contacted and asked if I’d like to write for a site called Hone Life.  I would write a short opinion, based on a single word which would be changed each Sunday, and accompany my article with a … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays One and All!


Seasons Greetings Frosted Ivy Berries (c) Ann Isik 2007

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Friday Fictioneers 100 Word Flash Fiction Story Challenge: La Vie en Bleue


La Vie en Bleue

“What’s that fish, mommy?”

I was observing, through the blue bits of the glass dolphin embedded in the door, the rippling apartment building opposite.

“It’s a dolphin. Dolphins aren’t fish.”

“Is a fish!”

At the bottom of the building, red plastic traffic cones contorted. Continue reading

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Scoring skies, scoring ice, scoring wax


This You Tube video is of artist Ben Hecht creating encaustic artworks, sharing his methods and his philosophy. When he is scoring into his surface, he reminds me of the scoring made by ice skates on ice. I’ve blogged already about how, when I used to do ice dance, I was always excited if first on the rink and thus first to score marks into the pristine surface of the ice. Continue reading

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What I’ve been Singing: Ebben! La Wally: Catalani


An opera in four acts by Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893), La Wally presents a romeo-juliet situation in which our heroine – Wally – (short for Wallburga) is in love with Giuseppe, the son of an enemy of her father. It’s set … Continue reading

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Friday Fictioneers: The White Feather


Every Friday from around the world writers gather at the virtual fireside of WordPress blogger Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, all inspired by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo XXX: Day 30 of the 30 Day Challenge


The end of the November NaBloPoMo 30 day challenge coincides with the day after my solo singing appearance yesterday evening. And I performed alongside this talented little 9 year old Robbie Firmin. In the video above, he’s 7, auditioning for … Continue reading

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