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Poetry, Plaisance, and a Present for You!


This week, we officially celebrate gratitude—though we unofficially celebrate it year-round, of course! So another big Thank You to all who helped me get to Vermont Studio Center in October. It was a dream come true—with the bonus of crimson-and-gold foliage and many new friends. I spent entire days in what I call Poetry Land, looking up from the page or screen to watch the Gihon River run past outside my studio window. It was a bit of heaven on earth. In addition to mostly finishing my poetry manuscript, I created and posted little bits of micropoetry and watercolors each day to share the journey. When I gathered those daily lines together, I was happy to see that they had shaped a single poem that celebrates beauty and community. You can find it here along with a few of the paintings. (In the photo, courtesy of Howard Romero, I’m hiding in the back on the left 🙂


Another dream come true: I wrote wine labels! Twenty “poetry labels” for twenty bottlings of Plaisance Ranch wine. If you’re from Southern Oregon, you probably know how good Plaisance wine is—and how it’s created by third-generation winemaker Joe Ginet and his family. I was thrilled to write the descriptions for their wine (and to discover the Mondeuse varietal!). The photo shows one of my favorite labels.

…And a Present for You!

Best for last…a little present from me to you. Click here for a free digital print of the image above—a bit of holiday love to enjoy in pixels or print, to keep or to give—or all of the above!

Big gratitude & big love,


PS: At the very end of this newsletter, find a few gift ideas of the more experiential kind. Happy holidays!


Here are some events & workshops on the horizon (find more info for each on the events page of my website):

Red Lily Red Friday: 23 November, 11-5 pm (Red Lily Vineyards, Jacksonville, OR)

6th Annual Angels Show: Reception on December 1, 1-3 (Art Presence, Jacksonville, OR)

Poets & Painters Pop-up Shop: December 2, 11-3 (Ashland, OR)

An Evening in Morocco: December 7, 7 pm (Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA)

And last, but not least, here are some ideas for those who love to give an experience: 

Deep Travel Workshops 2019: Palapas in Yelapa, flamenco in Granada, and Sufis in Morocco….One of these trips would make a pretty grand gift!  for more information.

Living Unlimited: Want to get something special for a woman you’d like to honor? Consider a gift certificate to attend this gathering on 3 March in Sonoma, CA. More info here.

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