Definition #158 Epoch Party

In 2015 was the big 40!

The Vibrant Channeled Creator

Aneli, Owen, Jeanne,Quenby in Waltham Aneli, Owen, Jeanne,Quenby
in Waltham


 picture’s worth thousands

of words, music, colors, glee,

trust, hope, endless love

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Archetype 54

owl 56

barn owl with window frame for look-out (on a blanket of snow)


part snow owl; part barn

owl…part night bird; part winter

raptor with world view!

A Review of the Shadra Strickland Unworkshop @ Highlights Foundation


A Selfie of Jeanne and Shadra


Shadra Strickland is the most interactive teacher I’ve ever had. She spent 30 minutes at one table and then another to touch everybody at meals.She structured a brain storming session and asked questions to engage us. She gives the opposite of a lecture.

(Show, don’t tell)

All the participants were published, so it was a group of professionals, not beginners.

Don kept accessing data for everyone and showing images on his tablets.That was an enormous help in grasping information. Shadra did the same.

The group in their twenties  in the Lodge got to brainstorm every evening.

The transition to the Gallery Opening was smooth.The chef caterers magnificent. They are so proud to work for the foundation. Shadra looked elegant and graceful at her opening. The untiring kitchen staff still provided supper after all the exotic appetizers.

Comments about the faculty: dignified,intelligent,great style,interactive,energetic,hard working ,talented speaker,artist,teacher, colleague, enlightened, affectionate, attentive, organized, grateful,and patient.

This is a many layered experience. the power flows both ways. Each individual adds to the symphony: wisdom, smarts, organizing, artistry, talent, perseverance and respect. They honor each other, even the children.

At winter workshops, you need to devise a way to have a fire indoors, especially when the snow and wind have frozen. Like a ski lodge, there should be a place to sit with slippers around the fire.

I love the way George calls his wife his bride, even though the children are over 10! And he looks at me and says”I love my children”, as if that would explain why they straightened out the library with their boots, and outerwear and toys.

My first experience of the Foundation was at Chatauqua. It was this enormous event with a huge family. And the leader was not Moses but a humble Kent. Now there is a humble George, and a vigorous Alison. They each have a glow about them, a light for the children to help them find their way!

An Invitation: A Poem Using the word: “inchoate” (in-ko-it)

grit not girth

The Vibrant Channeled Creator

Giant misses his golden goose Giant misses his golden goose

(This is not the poem I’m submitting, but is an inchoate original.)

Jack and the Beanstalk

Inchoate seed became the source of stalk and vine’s a-climbing.
Inchoate size then boomed the voice of giant’s growl and sighing.
Inchoate muscles pulled Jack up until he made the sighting
Of golden goose in huge tree house, his golden eggs a-laying.

To get Jack down, inchoate zeal arose to steal the day;
To go back up, inchoate faith and stealth to not be found.
Inchoate giants can still be tricked by tiny folk today
For valor, strength and wily acts are not the gist of pounds!

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Definition # 156 Filling the Shoes

give me those wooden shoes

The Vibrant Channeled Creator

Annika 2009 Annika

Oliver 2012 Oliver

never fill the shoes

nose grows to the end: ears grow

root into the earth

Mabley said, “A woman’s a woman until the day she dies, but a man’s only a man as long as he can.”

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A Cordial Home: Highlights


Jeanne and Shadra Strickland @ A Highlights Foundation Gallery Show of lino prints from her latest book


The Barn is an elegant place, where every meal is served with fresh tablecloths. The foodstuffs and camaraderie between artists, illustrators and staff is a relaxing blend for all.


a tiny hole in the tablecloth is mended in this lovely design at our table

Archetype 53

owl 55

don’t call me “raccoon eyes”


have some respect for

that twinkle in my eye, that

gleam of wisdom’s child!

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