Majestic Live Oak Tree in Conway, SC

Spanish Moss

Nothing is quite as indicative of the US Southern landscape as the sight of Spanish moss draped trees, especially the majestic live oaks. Even a relatively young tree can take on the look of antiquity when softened by lovely gray-green moss hanging from each branch. Spanish moss is not actually…

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Yellow Onion and Sprouting Garlic by MM Anderson

Chopping Onions in the Kitchen with Mom

Oh, how I wanted to help out in the kitchen when I was a little girl, but my mother absolutely hated to have anyone else around when she was cooking, especially for holiday meals. One Thanksgiving I begged to be allowed to help out by chopping up onions for the…

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Polar Bear Portrait pastel art by MM Anderson

The Vital Importance of Environmental Stewardship

It would not come as a surprise to anyone who has viewed my artwork that I have an affinity for subjects from the natural world. I love to portray both plants and animals in my drawings and pastel work. As a believer in God, I also believe that we humans…

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A Barn Surprise

(In response to Writing Task 652, a fictional story based on an old barn photograph I took while on a road trip in the country) As I walked this property that was for sale I saw a barn in the distance. It was a nice Fall day to venture out…

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Mirror mirror on the wall

In October 1967 I received a rather forceful invitation from the president of the United States suggesting I report to a U.S Army induction center . Apparently he was concerned I wasn’t being all I could be all I could be. I decide to postpone that request and went on…

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How to Start… Anything

Imagine this. You have the idea for a book. You write the book. You become a world famous author. The germ of an idea of a new painting hits you. You go to the canvas. You paint it. Somebody sees it and you become a world famous artist. You think…

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Message History and Performance

Message With History And Performance

In this article I look at how a message with history combined with a powerful musical performance really packs a punch. This is the fourth in a short series of articles on aspects of music. Message With History And Performance My previous articles in this series have built up a…

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