Sunday, May 14, 2023

The Magical Journey Continues

THE JOURNEY to Penelope Puddle and her umbrella-wand begins here, here and on Kindle. The updated physical book is now available with hands-on features to facilitate fun and curiosity about Penelope's world and vivid imagination:

Where does Penelope live and under what weather conditions
What seasonal and/or geographical changes are illustrated in the story
What causes Penelope to imagine her umbrella has special qualities
In what ways is the umbrella more like a friend to Penelope
When does the umbrella function as it would in reality
How does the umbrella function purely as fantasy
The umbrella sometimes is a substitute for what objects
What drawings show the umbrella opened … closed … inside out
How would you use your umbrella, IF it were magical

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Wishes For Bridges Each Step Of Your Way

Love is the bridge between you and everything. Rumi

It was hot that day with a cooling breeze as we walked adjacent to the busy car traffic.

Crossing over the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver, my daughter and I had a bird's eye view (pictured left) of the Granville Island Public Market and the bright canary yellow restaurant there.

What better name for the restaurant than Bridges?

There are two bridge crossings in close proximity over the north arm of the Fraser River connecting downtown Vancouver to outlying areas. Across the waterway we spied the other connector, the Burrard Street Bridge, built in the 1930's. Its Art Deco influence was visible from a distance.
A bridge can be any transitional device ... a thread, a parachute, a complex web of communication from one to another or a simple log placed fortuitously over a tricky situation as my daughter's painting of Penelope (below) shows. 

There are imaginary, real and unchallenged obstacles as we press forward in life so I'll quote Penelope Puddle who would say without hesitation to all who cross from here to there: "Wishes for bridges each step of your way."

View more West Coast scenes at my latest photographic journal UNDER MY UMBRELLA and visit POSTCARDS FROM PENELOPE PUDDLE.

Originally posted May 22, 2018