Best of This Blog 2016

Best of This Blog 2016
Searching for Truth (pastel) by Polly Castor

Searching for Truth (pastel) by Polly Castor

Thank you for traversing this year with me! It is wonderful to have you along, and to get feedback from you as well. Let me hear a lot from you in the comments section below each post in 2017; many of you contact me regarding posts directly that I wish would share their comments with everyone!

Thank you all so much for making this a worthwhile endeavor as I head into my TENTH year of blogging everyday. This ongoing project continues to show me how vast the infinite good is all around us, just waiting to be noticed, appreciated, thought about, and expressed!

Here is a list, as concisely as I can offer it, of the best of this blog in the past year in links and photos. This post would be a great way to introduce someone to this blog that you think might like to subscribe. Or simply check out what you might have missed, or revisit your favorite bits:

Art:

Stan Sperlak Workshop Notes and Demos

Quote About Artists Decalcifying Hatred

Notes on Art and Spirituality at Camp 2016

Henry Isaacs / Ashley Bryan Workshop Notes

I’m in this Twitter Exhibit in NYC

I’m in this Pastel Juried Show and Got an Award

Pottery Plates I Made My Husband for Christmas

Photography:

Frost Photos

Mirror Lake

Texas Family

Sunrise Beach Walks

Sanibel Island Shells

Iguana Photos

Recent Black and White Photos

Amazing Evening Light in Yosemite Valley

Swarthmore Landscaping and Flowers

Sun drenched Evening Along the River

Michelle and Lucas’ Wedding

Photos Visiting Family in North Carolina

Delighted to Meet our First Grand Niece

A Week of Maine Sunsets

Mid-Maine Botanical Gardens

Water at Camp: Photos of Long Lake

Autumn Harvest 2016

New Pond Farm in Early Autumn

Fall Foliage Photos

November Snow

Christmas Photos 2016

Spirituality:

Giving Space for Grace

Lecture: Time is Not a Factor

Broken Arm and Shattered Elbow Healed

Newspaper Article by me: From Atheism to Believing in Divine Love

Thoughts on Body Image

Newspaper Article by me: Finding Each Person’s Unique Brand of Specialness

Why I Don’t Drink Alcohol

My Invocation at the 9/11 Anniversary Service 

Pray for Country and Church

Ideas:

Desiderata

Who Are You?

The Mundane is Amazing

Be Fierce and Original

Your Integrity s Your Destiny

Hold Close to Your Essential Self

Checklist for Writing College Admissions Essays

Books:

Book Review: Big Magic

Book Review: Sermon on the Mount

Book Review: Abundance: The Future is Better Than you Think

Book Review: The Art Forger

Book Review: The Nightingale

Best Poetry Books for Children and Young Adults

Movies:

Movie Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Movie Review: Queen of Katwe

Movie Review: Sully

Food:

Our Green Smoothie

Roasted Vegetale Marsala

Kohlrabi Slaw

Mustard Green and Veggie Sauté with Walnuts

David’s Fabulous Salad Dressing

Tomato Tart

Recent Food Around Here

Amazing Butternut Squash

Vegan Pesto with Fish and Brussels Sprouts

Poetry:

Poem by me: An Old Soul

Poem by me: Harvey’s Legacy of Love

Poem by me: Together We Can Have a Ball

Poem by me: The Futility of Self-Reliance

Poem by me: What I Learned from my Mother

Poem by me: Summer Solstice

Poem by me: Obedience is a Good Thing

Poem by me: Plant Yourself in Christ

Poem by me: Being a Parent of Adult Children

Poem by Me: Northeast Harbor Marina

Hope:

Our Son Graduates from Swarthmore with High Honors

Multicultural Golden Rule

Rise Up and Build

Our Daughter’s Empty Bowls Project

Meandering Curiosity (pastel) by Polly Castor

Meandering Curiosity (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

All That Jazz (monoprint collage) by Polly Castor

All That Jazz (monoprint collage) by Polly Castor

 

Apple Tree Near Islesford Dock (pastel) by Polly Castor

Apple Tree Near Islesford Dock (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

Light Infused Forest (mono print collage) by Polly Castor

Light Infused Forest (mono print collage) by Polly Castor

 

From the Treehouse (pastel) by Polly Castor

From the Treehouse (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

I Always Knew You Would Grow Up (acrylic) by Polly Castor

I Always Knew You Would Grow Up (acrylic) by Polly Castor

 

Rubaiyat: A Sufi Poem (pastel) by Polly Castor

Rubaiyat: A Sufi Poem (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

Echo Lake Beach, Acadia (pastel) by Polly Castor

Echo Lake Beach, Acadia (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

Growth Beside the Tumbling Stream (monoprint collage) by Polly Castor

Growth Beside the Tumbling Stream (monoprint collage) by Polly Castor

 

Hudson River in Summer (pastel) by Polly Castor

Hudson River in Summer (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

Seaside Cliff in Moonlight (watercolor) by Polly Castor

Seaside Cliff in Moonlight (watercolor) by Polly Castor

 

Morning on Chaffinch Island (oil) by Polly Castor

Morning on Chaffinch Island (oil) by Polly Castor

 

November State of Mind (mixed media collage) by Polly Castor

November State of Mind (mixed media collage) by Polly Castor

 

Not My President ( mixed media collage) by Polly Castor

Not My President ( mixed media collage) by Polly Castor

 

Blooming Crabapple in Evening Light (acrylic) by Polly Castor

Blooming Crabapple in Evening Light (acrylic) by Polly Castor

 

In the Soil of Earnest Hopes (mixed media collage) by Polly Castor

In the Soil of Earnest Hopes (mixed media collage) by Polly Castor

 

Propulsion (pastel) by Polly Castor

Propulsion (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

Moraine Lake (pastel) by Polly Castor

Moraine Lake (pastel) by Polly Castor

 

Mollusk Mondays (monoprint collage) by Polly Castor

Mollusk Mondays (monoprint collage) by Polly Castor

 

Catkin Bursting (pastel) by Polly Castor

Catkin Bursting (pastel) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

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