Best of 2015

Best of 2015
Polly Castor Best of 2015

View from Florence Griswold (pastel) by Polly Castor

In former years, this “best of” blog served more as an archive of links in certain categories, so people could find them better, since I did not then have a search function. But this year, I have a search function (yay!), so I am faced with the daunting task of actually making a “best of” list, which is incredibly hard given the wonderful year I have had. This list leaves tons of great stuff out! Anyway, here is a summary of my blog year as concisely as I can offer it:


My First Eight Monoprints

New Pastel Landscape: Evening Sun in Yellowstone

Notes from Richard McKinley’s Pastel Workshop

New Landscape Pastel Painting: Great Hollow Lake in November

Our Daughter’s Pottery Made at College


Blossoms on other Spring Trees

Daughters Frolic in the Coastal Redwoods

Epic Hike to the Top of Yosemite’s Nevada Falls

High Sierra Trail to Eagle’s View

Recent Black and White Photographs

Lassen at Sunset

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks

Rocks Along Northern Shore of Lake Superior

New York City at Night


Energy Instead of Mass

Today’s Newspaper Article About Mary Baker Eddy

Spirit of Adventure and Discovery

Spiritual Lessons from Camp this Year

Stop Us/Them Thinking


Our Homemade Fire Starters

Cross and Crown Pendant

Ow or Wow

Ideas for Self Care


Book Review: Secret Wisdom of the Earth

Book Review: Story of Science Series

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Book Review: Dahveed (series)

Book Review: Lean In

Reading Challenge for 2015 Finished


TV Series: The Paradise

TV Series: Larkrise to Candleford

Movie Review: McFarland

Movie Review: Far from the Madding Crowd

Movie Review: Brooklyn


Recipe: Ginger, Carrot, Hazelnut Cake with Molasses Frosting

Recipe: Parmesan Broiled Tilapia

Recipe: Quick Broiled Eggplant Parmesan

Are you Buying Fake Olive Oil or Real?

Recipe: Spinach Quiche

30 Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Sides

Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Salad


New Poem: Grass Underfoot

New Poem: Shine it Away

New Poem: Sabbath Snow Day

New Poem: Discipleship Can Be Messy

Haiku Across Canada

New Poem: Advent a Puzzle of Waiting


What They Said in My Homeschool Memory Book

How to Navigate My New Website

Amazing Rainbow in Jasper

A Mother’s Advice to Her College Freshman Daughter


I am looking forward to traversing 2016 with you!

It will be my eighth year of blogging every day. Wow.

Thanks for being along!

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Ocean Petroglyphs (monoprint) by Polly Castor

Ocean Petroglyphs (monoprint) 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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