Category Archives: Nature

Are You Smelling the Roses?

  Like almost every morning, I took the dogs to the park for a good, over an hour walk. While they were enthusiastically hunting and chasing squirrels, I discovered this beautiful clean and completely intact pine cone. I thought of …

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Creative Influences ~ Poetry. Sun at Midnight

Sun at Midnight                              by Joseph Mary Plunkett and Frances Livings I saw the sun at midnight, rising red, Deep-hued yet glowing, heavy with the stain Of …

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Morning Has Broken…

  I came across this gorgeous picture this morning. It reminded me of how, as a child I deeply connected with the song “Morning has Broken”. Most of us know the version by the British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, who now calls himself Yusuf …

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The Mystery of Unicorns

One of my latest findings on a day trip to the wildlife and holiday resort Catalina Island, California, was a long spiraling sea shell. It felt somehow magical when I weighed it in the palm of my hand. Its spiraling …

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Livings In Los Angeles. Public Parks and Gardens and their Impact on Mental Health and the Creative Mind

The title of my poem ‘Evaporated’ may not suggest it, but its imagery draws from the different and contrasting botanical areas at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino which has been one of my favourite place to visit ever since …

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Songs of the Soul ~ Musical Poetry and its Inspirations

One Sunday, on one of our searches in Los Angeles to find a retreat to relax and quieten the mind, my husband and I paid the Self Realization Center a visit. Dedicated in the 1950’s to the Indian Yogi and …

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