From Strains of Glory, my upcoming book –

My heart is lifted in song – that’s where I want to be,
Always lifting up, as others have lifted me.

The melodies of life help heal a wounded soul.
Sometimes they are deep and sad, but however music rolls
it gives healing and help to the whole.

Through strains of glory, my heart is drawn to things gone past, both here in America and in the countries of my ancestral homes. I am drawn as never before with the desire to know – to be – what they were –
I think!

Thank you, God, for my Mother; her patience, and her piano. Thank you, for days gone past. Thank you, for the effect, for the practical results of wanting to hear the piano once again, enough to encourage my daughter to learn to play; and two of my grandchildren –

Thank you for “Sunrise Tomorrow”and “O, beautiful for Spacious Skies”(“America”), and “In the Garden”, and “Chief Bugaboo”, and “Fur Elise”. Thank you for the memories they cause to resound in my heart.


Snow!! An excerpt from the “Just for Kid’s” section of my upcoming book, Strains of Glory


There’s nothing like the flurry
Of white snow falling down;
The flakes so soft and fluffy
Are like to eiderdown.

I like to see it flutter
Like fluffy kitten feet
And landing on my mitten
Then melting at my feet.

When snowflakes are the thickest
And yet as fine as lace;
I like to stick my tongue out
And lick them from my face.

Oh, I like the snowy weather.
No matter what it’s like,
But, Softly falling snowflakes
Are my favorite delight!