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Summer, Sisters and 1979

Summer, Sisters and 1979

I remember summer. Sweaty palms filled with sticky candy and slippery handle bars on bicycles with banana seats; sunny skies that were streaked with cotton candy clouds and the sound of chatter and traffic. Sidewalks shimmering in the heat filled with children playing jacks and jumping rope; hop-scotch and clapping with my older sister, Jessica … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ring Out, Wild Bells

An old poem for a new year… A gift from 1850 on the birth of 2017. I am often hesitant to take poetry out of context, for fear of losing the greater meaning and the poet’s original intent. However, I will make an exception this time, as when I re-read this short selection, taken from a much lengthier elegy, … Continue reading

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WORTHY QUOTE | John the Evangelist: Live Loved

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” -1 John 4:16 © Una-Melina 2015.

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Love to live  |  Live to learn  |  Learn to love  |  Live loved  |  Lie down  |  Get up  |  Live loved  |  Let go!  |  Learn to live loved  |   Lose control  |  Let God lead  |  Let GOD be God  |  Be yourself  |  Forgive yourself  |  Forgive others  |  Laugh  … Continue reading

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POETRY IN MOTION: Faith in my Forties

Poetry seemed like an impossibility when I was barely thirty and raising a young family. My new year’s resolutions were the closest thing to poetry I had written for some time when my mom, an artist and author, (part poet, part prophet) gave me a book by an acquaintance of hers who had written about … Continue reading

literature quote by Margaret Atwood

WORTHY QUOTE | Margaret Atwood: Literature Q & A

“The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.” – Margaret Atwood © Una-Melina 2014.

Advice from the Poet on Creativity and Community

Advice From The Poet: On Creating Art & Community

I came to San Miguel de Allende via Wonderland and Oz… It was at an eclectic gathering comprised of a handful of locals, a few European and North American ex-pats, a fistful of fellow travelers, some missionaries and several artists and authors at a bohemian house party in an artsy community along the Mexican hillside … Continue reading

Writing as Worship

It was in the late decay of August, under the large white VIP tent, backstage at an outdoor music festival that I first saw him in person, a rock artist and poet I had admired for some time.  And as if I knew what I was doing I closed my book and impetuously walked right … Continue reading

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GRACE: the Game Changer

I’m not much of an athlete, or one for competitive sports in general. I don’t mind athletic activities or sports that are just for fun (no points) like swimming, hiking, cycling, scuba diving. When and if I exercise (you know, like on purpose) I prefer the stretching and balancing kind; think yoga, Pilates or big … Continue reading


WORTHY QUOTE | Una-Melina: We Are God’s Poetry

“Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Charlotte Mason: Worthy Books

“Mind appeals to mind and thought begets thought and that is how we become educated. For this reason we owe it to every child to put them in communication with great minds that they may get at great thoughts; with the minds, that is, of those who have left us great works; and the only vital … Continue reading

POETRY | Summer Days of Childhood

Oh the happy days of summer When no learning must take place I am free to roam and ramble At my own desired pace I’ll watch the birds and butterflies While fishing in the stream I’ll listen to the boisterous buzzing of a band of bumblebees Or a symphony of crickets serenade me in the … Continue reading

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