Armored with Gold Roses

after I had walked,
my ring finger brushed
flowers and petals 
but spirit moved me 
I ran until I was tired
the grass beneath me
Mother Earth at peace
all in harmony
so I only sighed
when I was tired
and I picked myself
up, catching the wind
to see/feel glory 
there the buds of love.

Ephesians 6.14

A Sonnet to God

I had found a way in
with the sonnet, God,
in this glass vessel
of holy water –
reflecting the sun
while crystal rainbows
shined out into day –
divine assurance
unchanging deliverance
this almighty sound
in meter, this matter(s).
I will sing forevermore  –
a locket of light 
anchored in my heart.

Thank You

Today is Sunday, and I wanted to give my praise to certain people in my life right now who have given their time, resources, and or other ways to help the most during COVID-19. My Dad and his significant other and my Mom. I am so grateful to each of you. My parents have been there from the beginning with supporting my writing, as well. I just wanted to give thanks today because they mean so much, to me and because on Sundays’ I am in a place of worship. I have been overcome by love. I am blessed and I love you.

Projects at Home and Family Sharing

Another quick positive update, my daughter received in the mail one of the best craft books from a family member yesterday in the mail. It is called, “Tissue Paper Crafts” by April Chorba. I have to say, with all the craft books I have purchased for myself and also for daughter, this book is on the top five combined.

Since I once taught English and ESL in public schools and adult learners in Adult Ed classes, I have mostly put all of these real life stressors aside right now with COVID-19 and I am enjoying my time home with my daughter with homeschooling. I am really loving this craft book with all the different art skills this book is teaching, in addition to the typical educational aspects you’d find in the classroom. Depending on the age you can do this with a beginner approach of using just your fingers, to intermediate with using a ruler and notch it up, with a bone folder (sounds scary maybe, but it is otherwise known as a creaser) to make precise creases. I included a picture of the tool in the slideshow. You can also make elaborate decoration, with colorful flowers.

Since the Book Project, God’s Children, is completed and we followed through with our intention despite the countless hurtles, instead of losing hope, giving up, we condensed each book page and selected certain poems and drawings, while putting others aside. As they say ‘the teachable moment’ is to never give up, no matter what.

Here’s hoping everyone is getting along during this difficult time, with some goodness to share. I am grateful I was able to finally add this second gift, which is a landscape picture taken by my Father, Ross Burton. This to me has always been sacred land, which I wrote about in my first book, in 2001. It has been a family reunion amidst such challenging times. I have been truly blessed to see something good come from this. See the note below.

This first picture was taken my Dad, Ross Burton. This sense of place, which is a Quarry, he’s captured for years in ways that I have always felt show the vastness, while the infinite ways of being and also our seeing.

God’s Children 3D Flipbook

Dear Readers:

I am unsure how much longer I will be able to personally fund this blog, however, I will work on trying to stay afloat as long as possible. My aim is to give hope, so I strive for miracles.

While we are all experiencing this pandemic, COVID-19 has hit my State of Massachusetts hard. I pray this virus passes through quickly, and I have so many prayers for families all over the world.

God’s Children Flip Book: When you click on the link and flip through the pages, you may have to wait a minute for the images to upload. Depending on your internet connection. I hope you enjoy the book and I hope it inspires some of our children during many of these schools’ closings due to the Coronavirus, to enact on their own creative endeavors. It brought me great joy working with my daughter creating this book and I am super proud of her. The book is dedicated to my daughter, Dahlia, and I hope that every child knows how precious and sacred they are. 

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