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  1. sandramardene

    u-mspcoll: Writer and artist Nancy Willard often creates…



    Writer and artist Nancy Willard often creates fantastical figurines which inspire her as she works, but in this case she used this figure in her book of photographs An Alphabet of Angels, 1994.  This handsome fellow is the Angel of Vegetables.  (Gotta love those red boots!)

    From the Nancy Willard Archive, Special Collections Library, University of Michigan

    As a doll collector, I covet these!

  2. sandramardene

    “Start with a tree, an old willow with its feet in the water, and one low branch to let you in and a…”


    Start with a tree,
    an old willow with its feet in the water,
    and one low branch to let you in
    and a higher branch to let you
    and a lookout branch to show
    how far you’ve come
    (the lake before you,
    the woods at your back),

    and now you are close
    to those who live in these rooms
    without walls, without doors:
    one nuthatch typing its way up the bark,
    two mourning doves calling the sun out of darkness,
    three blackbirds folding their wings tipped with sunset,
    twelve crows threading the air and stitching
    a cape that whirls them away
    through the empty sky,

    and don’t forget the blue heron
    stalking the shallows for bluegills,
    and don’t forget the otter backpaddling past you,
    and the turtles perched on the log like shoes
    lined up each night in a large family,

    and don’t forget the owl
    who has watched over you
    since you were born.

    Be the housekeeper of trees,
    who have nothing to keep
    except silence.

    - Nancy Willard, “Tree House” (via factplusfiction)

    I’m becoming a Nancy Willard fan!

  3. sandramardene



    Today’s Daily Create challenge just gave us the title for a video, “Look For Aliens in a Store, Bravely,” and we are to do the rest.

    This was a good creative opportunity to use some photos taken at Eugene’s Holiday Market, where aliens were everywhere as Mom and I bravely shopped.

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