Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Magical Journey Returns

The journey to Penelope and her sidekick umbrella begins here, here and on Kindle. The updated physical book is newly 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

Learn about the author HERE and visit UNDER MY UMBRELLA AND BEYOND.

Wishes For Bridges Each Step Of Your Way

Love is the bridge between you and everything. Rumi


MY DAUGHTER and I crossed the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver.

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

We 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 when crossing from one destination to another, "Wishes for bridges each step of your way."

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


Post originally published May 22, 2018.

Friday, March 1, 2019

There's Lots To Chew On About Apples


SWEET or bitter, its forebearer playing a prominent role in a biblical story about creation, the unblemished and apparently carefully selected rosy red apple somehow fell to the ground unbitten.

I was taught “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and although I’m not sure that's true, there's much to chew on about this famous fruit as I get to its core in an earlier post HERE.

It's no wonder that Apple is the clever name of choice for a multinational corporation specializing in electronics such as the iPhone that could be resting in your hand right now. Nor is it surprising that a well-polished apple was once the gift students gave their teachers to show appreciation.

Because healthy soil is needed for apple seeds to grow and because the state of our planet is the most pressing issue of our time, link up and learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.

For more West Coast reflections or to leave a comment, see my photographic journal and latest scribbler at UNDER MY UMBRELLA AND BEYOND.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Umbrella With Its Story Yet To Unfold

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive ..." - Maya Angelou

A SCRUFFY umbrella in the corner by a doorway rested like a tousled survivor recovering from a blustery windstorm. It proved a little stronger than expected but less transparent than before the storm ... its adventure yet to unfold.

For more West Coast scenes and reflections see my latest photographic journal and online scribbler at UNDER MY UMBRELLA AND BEYOND.

Because the state of our planet is the most pressing issue of our time, link up and learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.