Introduction and Welcome

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Mary Jane Q Cross - Comforting Hands

I can't help but be moved when I view Mary Jane Q Cross' paintings.  I feel the warmth and connection and identify with and experience the emotions portrayed.  These two lovely Young women make me think of my seven lovely daughters and the love we all share and the comfort we find in one another.  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Evening at Claude's and Tranquil Companion by Mary Jane Q Cross

Sorry, it's been awhile since I've posted paintings,  I have a couple more for you by our wonderful poet/painter, Mary Jane Q Cross.  Most of the paintings I've featured so far are people, but the two today are nature - both lovely and peaceful scenes.  Also an announcement for those of you from Northern Minnesota following the poems.

Claude's Lullaby

The scent of your lilies is the fragrance of time
That once swirled around you but now is mine.

You hold on your brush the fragrance of lilies,
I hold on my brush the fragrance of time.

Hocks of holly, roses of red,
Lilies swarm on a gliding wet bed.

Under the road, up into the light,
Lilies moan in soft delight.

It is a world both rich and soft--
Wisteria draping softly aloft.

Scent of lilies, scent of paint,
Mix in the soul to make one faint.

Tranquil Companion

Affection, affection, my love does seek--
Days in and out we meet and peak

Genuine happiness amid the crush
Savoring moments despite the rush

At what this day does true present
Gliding along in hours well spent

Back and forth among the waves
Relishing the plan of the Ancient of Days.

And for those of you in Northern Minnesota, my friend, Delight, and I are hosting a Charlotte Mason Video Seminar presented by Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason, titled, "How to Teach Each School Subject Using Charlotte Mason Methods".... You are invited to join us. This seminar is a great introduction if you want to know more about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling but is also great for those who have already been using her methods. There's always more to learn and Sonya Shafer is a good communicator and gives practical applications and demonstrations. The final session of the seminar is "Laying Down the Rails" - a session on the basic principles and practical tips of instilling good habits.

 The seminar will be held Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. It will be held at the Lofgren home in Bemidji, MN or if there are a large number of attendees it will be held at Kitchi Pines Church in Pennington. We will be having Delight's wonderful scones and tea and a carry-in lunch of salads (bring your favorite salad).   Contact Patti for more details or to make a reservation at 218-444-6705 or  Please respond by Monday the 24th of April (sooner is better).  Feel free to invite friends or husbands.