Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Heroes Beneath the Wave

Mark R. Clary's USS Sunfish (SSN-649)story "Christmas I Remember Best: Ocean depths fail to dampen spirit of Christmas," in Heroes Beneath the Waves. And a Christmas poem, "Christmas Below the Sea," by the author as her husband tried to share his experience of Christmas on submarines.

Saturday, November 26, 2016



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Palette Art League

Join the Palette Art League on December 15 and 16 , for a fun and exciting workshop at the P.A.L's Art Gallery.  Marlene Gremillion will be instructing "Photographing and Watercolor Painting  Shiny Objects ".
Find the details attached.  Pre-registration is encourage to reserve your seat. (space is limited).
For questions and registration contact Dana Johnson at 870-656-2057. 

All proceeds support the Palette Art League a 501-c3 non profit organization. 


Village Writing School

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Good Morning

Good morning.
All is well this morning - I think?  Facebook is still not allowing to print normal. I guess they peeked and found out what age group I belonged to and thought I needed large print. I feel I have been placed in one of these age group boxes. I refuse to go without a fight, not in a mean way, but in a gentle way.

 This is were I need a lot of God's help to do something worthwhile/meaningful each day to keep focus on the prize. I know God has a wonderful plan for me and I must be ready, if it through my writing, painting, or photography I must continue; if its not -its not. In the meanwhile I have enjoyed myself while waiting to discover His plan.

When I drew the balancing act of the worms years ago, I should have used a clock instead of books. Well I can redraw it. 

I need a small water softener,can anybody give me any pointers what to purchase and where?
When I post on my blog  you can comment on my Facebook.
Have a great day and enjoy the changing of the clouds.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Missing Friends

Missing all my woodland garden and yard friends today.
Some were dearer than others - young and old: the chipmunks, squirrels, insects, bird families, turtles, deer (most of all Prissy and Babe), snakes, tree frogs (most of all Sass and his family), groundhogs, and a whole lot more. Each year was different; some sad and some funny. I learned how special animals can be. I am thankful for the 17 years we all were friends.

Today at the new place a titmice flew to a small make-shift birdbath I had created. I thought of the two springs their family had raised young ones in a bird house on the deck table. I learned much from them as I photographed every move and their cousins, the chickadees.

Be true to your friends and they'll be true to you. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

People who like Heroes Beneath the Waves

Rain May be Coming

Good morning. Another beautiful sunrise rose above the tree line as the sky began to darken. Thunder slightly roared to warn us, maybe, rain will follow. The rain is needed for many of the trees are thirsty allowing their leaves to drop without producing any color. We always love to witness the trees and bushes celebrating their splashes of color, trying to out do each other.

Sit back, grab a good book or a sketch pad, or whatever one does to enjoy a relaxed rainy day. Play some special music to move by, as you excise your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rejoined SCBWI

Photo(c) by Mary Nida Smith
Good morning from River Bend Park. If I can stay focus, I will be posting on my blogs and not be on Facebook, for they are yelling at me. I will be doing more media promoting and get more focus on rewriting and submitting. If this is the direction God wants me to travel, I will continue. Since my husband passed away November 15, 2015, I have been trying to get my act together. I have rejoined SCBWI- Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and I am back with SCBWI-Arkansas and maybe, rejoining Missouri's group. I have already started setting up my page on the national website, My publisher Skyhorse is listed on their site, which I was happy to see. Next I need to post my information on the Arkansas group's website.

I will be doing a book signing Sunday December 4th, at the Donald W. Reynolds Library, Mountain Home, AR. The days will travel quickly, so I must prepare for it.

Do allow the last day of sunshine this week to warm your home and open up the windows, for this maybe, the last day to let the fresh air in and stale air out.Don't forget to wear your smile and maybe, dance a little across the floor.


Book Sale hours:

Thursday, November 17 8:30am – 5:00 pmFriday, November 18 8:30am – 5:00pmSaturday, November 19 8:30am – 1:00pm 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Poem by Mary Nida Smith

My poem and other poems posted on David's word of the month W.O.M. Please join us, write and post your poem. A new word each month. Once a year David has a blog party and we all are invited, so start writing. Read David's  blog where you can learn more about writing.

    BY Mary Nida Smith ©
    Searching for who we are
    People of passion
    Deep-rooted in emotion
    Allowing our emotions
    To direct our future as we
    Search for meaning in life.
    Are we blinded by, emotions
    That keeps us from searching,
    The truth of understanding others …
    All have a soul that needs to shine
    To bring us all together, so we
    Can rise up to love one another
    Without group labels,
    Which divide us?