Friday, December 30, 2005


The week between Christmas and New Year's Day
A week of random wandering
A week of play

Random wandering around the town
Wandering to many places
Homeward bound

What will the New Year bring, you ask
That's up to each of us
To come outside our mask
To take upon our task

Random no more

Monday, December 12, 2005


Yesterday evening our family...Raf and I, Christi and her children, Carolyn and Beth, and John and Laurie all went to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Upon exiting the theatre, the young man who was in charge asked me how I liked it. I told him, "Read the book."

While the movie was fairly faithful to Lewis' theme of Christian allegory, much of the action and dialogue was changed, and that certainly did not enhance it! All-in-all, I did not feel the movie portrayed the Lewis characters and theme, as a children's fantasy, nearly as well as the previous movie done in 1988.

Although the book has been made into two animated movies, The Chronicles of Narnia were turned into a series of successful BBC television miniseries in 19881990. Only The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair were filmed. The Magician's Nephew, The Horse and His Boy, and The Last Battle were not filmed. The four miniseries were later edited into three feature-length films (combining "Prince Caspian" and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader") and released on DVD.

This earlier version, directed by Marilyn Fox, with the cast of Richard Dempsey (Peter), Sophie Cook (Susan), Jonathan R. Scott (Edmund), Sophie Wilcox (Lucy), Barbara Kellermann (The White Witch), Ronald Pickup (voice of Aslan), Martin Stone (Maugrim), Bert Parnaby (Father Christmas), premiered on November 13, 1988. In my opinion, this version kept closer to Lewis' book in character, dialogue, and intent.

But, more than anything, I suggest you READ THE BOOK. In it you will come to "see" the true character of Narnia, the true spirit of the book, and through it you may glean who Lewis was...the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th century.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Raf Sings at H2Jo

Raf sang at H2Jo Coffee House in Mineral Wells last night. There was a steady stream of listeners, and it was a good evening. He is sounding better and better all the time. I am so very proud of him!!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Melissa Greener

Have you heard this talented newcomer to the music industry? If you haven't, check out her website, purchase her newest CD, Fall From the Sky, and download the title cut from iTunes.

Melissa played tonight at Artistic Blends Coffee House in Fort Worth. She did a great job! Her music is soooo easy to listen to!

Check out Melissa Greener! You'll be hearing more from her soon!

cold texas

frost on the ground
winter sun's bright glow
cardinal on the feeder
haunting call of the crow

bitter wind all about
through skeletal tree limbs howl
ice cycles sharp pointed toward the ground
no healthful break for beast nor fowl

Thursday, December 08, 2005

mothlike me

feeling sort of light and feathery like a moth
skimming the surface of the moon
foating through the clouds and snow
not wanting to land anywhere too soon

up to the stars as they twinkle on high
gliding along to the milky way
tasting the breeze of the atmosphere
alighting at last on a cloudy duvet

Friday, December 02, 2005

December 2, 2005--Collage anyone?

Well, we are in Advent, and Christmas is only 3 weeks and two days away!...which makes my birthday 2 weeks and two days away...then I will be 63. And in 2 weeks and one day, my oldest grandson will be 19...hard to believe!

Here is a neat picture someone out there might like to use for collage. Let me know if you use it and send along a file so we can see it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Stereopticon plates

I have a whole collection of stereopticon plates, and I am gladly sharing them with anyone who would like to use them in collage or other art work. Hope you will share your work with us if you use this. Have fun!! This one is from 1903 and is entitles "My! But Those Chocolates Are Good!"

Monday, November 14, 2005

Which Charlie Brown Character Am I--Rerun


Which Peanuts Character are You?
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New Medium...Pen and Ink

I am trying a new medium for me...pen and ink. I have never drawn before, but after reading SARK and Violette, they have challenged me to here is one of the first attempts. What do you think? He is called the Christmas Cat...he is our Tennesse Jake Break we found the summer of 2004 in the campground in Dickson, Tennessee.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Another Photo for Collage--Another "Pretty Baby"

For you collage's another "pretty baby" for you to use. Hope you will let me know what you it or email it, and I will post it. Enjoy!!

Veteran's Day

Today we had a beautiful celebration in Mineral Wells, Texas, for Veteran's Day. We have been holding these celebrations for over 25 years, with bands and choirs and the military and speakers and the canon going off at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Also, today was my oldest daughter's 40th birthday. She and her children and her sisters and their families always meet for the traditional celebration and go on to have a birthday party afterward. It was sunny and warm and just beautiful! Thanks you, God, for this good day!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

ATC -- for Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day will be here Friday. While this photos does not contain a picture of my daddy, John Ficke, it is a tribute to him and all those men who fought for our country...and continue to fight for our country's freedom. Daddy fought in World War II in the European Theatre. He was in General Patton's army. He received the Bronze Star for bravery.

God bless the soldiers, and God bless the USA!

"Pretty" Baby

Since I have been creating collages, I have rummaged through multitudes of photos of my mother's family. Many of these people I do not know, but they do make interesting subjects. Here is one of a less than "pretty" baby...probably my cousin :) ...but who knows! Anyway, anyone who wishes is welcome to use this photo in their collage...please share your collage if you use it! Thanks!!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Sioux's New Website

I have just created an new website for my art. I hope you will come and visit me there and add your comments to my new message board!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

We're almost off!!

Well, today has been a busy day thus far. Getting the RV ready for the road tomorrow, and getting all my art stuff packed so I can paint and play while Raf sings and plays. We will be staying in Wimberley, Texas, which is about the neatest town in Texas, and it's very close to Austin. Raf is taking a quitar workshop and then the rmmga gathering (TX-6) will be meeting in a week. We are also visiting Jim and Lynn Mann and John and Priscilla Casall, my cousins. We are going to hear Al Sato sing in Hutto, and we have massages scheduled at Touched by Angels. We plan to buy a futon so that we will one place in this cottage for a guest to sleep...instead of a pallet on the floor. Sadie is about to go to doggie camp, and Bethy is watching and feeding the cats...with the help of her mother. I love to go out in the camper because it "smells" like a has an odor that I associate with our going places, and that makes me smile.

Smiling...I feel really good about our going. column is in, and we are going to Cedar Point tonight before we go to Wimberley tomorrow. is good...God is good.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Visit Kelly's Blog and see her wonderful studio!

Lemons and Bananas

In viewing my art and other's, this thought came to mind.

Years ago my aunt used to talk about a man she would meet on the sidewalk as she went to work. He always had a frown, so she would smile and say, "Hello". It took months, but slowly he began to smile and speak, and finally she saw him smiling when he didn't even see her! Also reminds me of Under the Tuscan Sun, when at the end the old man looked up at her and smiled and tipped his hat.

I try to smile at everyone. It's amazing the effect it can have on others!

We simply have to smile, it's too hard not to, and, perhaps, we can encourage one old sour puss to get a little less be a banana rather than a lemon! Bananas and lemons are both yellow and bright, but one is sweet and the other is sour. I'd rather be sweet.

Everyone have a wonderful Thursday!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Violette's Art

Well, I haven't posted in a good long time. Not since July, and now it is October. I have discovered art in me, and in doing so, and in reading I have discovered a very inspirational artist, Violette. Her life and her art inspire me to move forward more with mine. Check it out!!

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Lance Armstrong

It's great to see an American winning the Tour de France, especially for the 7th time. Go Lance!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Terror in London

Don't these demonic, non-Christians realize that this is only going to make us madder...and that the madder we get, the more likely we are to demolish the whole Arab world? They awoke a sleeping giant on 9-11, and that giant has not gone back to sleep! God Bless the USA, the UK, and all those countries who wish to remain safe and FREE!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

House for Sale in Mineral Wells TX

We have finished cleaning out my mother's home, and it is up for sale by owner in Mineral Wells, Texas. Please check out the site and call if you have questions.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Dani in Europe

My son-in-law, Steve, is posting "Tale of Two Cities" on blogspot regarding my granddaughter, Dani's, trip to Europe with People to People. Very interesting time they are having!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Err on the side of life!

I heard one talk show host yesterday say that he thought our country had begun to make a turn around from its liberal, unmoral ways. I surely hope he's right. It is about time and then some! Thank God for a conservative, moral, Christian president. Let us all err on the side of life. God created man in his own image. He breathed into us life and spirit. No one has the right to take those things away from us...and we don't have the right to do it, either.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Barbara Burnett Smith Obit

This is the family placed obituary.

Barbara Burnett Smith

I am shocked. I read Barbara Burnett Smith for the first time this past week, and her book, Bead on Trouble, inspired me to take up my fiction writing once again. I just got on the net after a trip to East Texas to discover the sad news of her death. She was a true Texas gem! May she rest in peace.

Information on her death can be found on Bill Crider's Blog at .

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Bill Cosby -- Role Model and Educator

It appears that Bill Cosby is accused of sexual misconduct, a year ago. His accuser went to Canada before reporting the alleged abuse. Don't all cowards go to Canada?

The accuser is not named...she doesn't have the courage to even tell her name; she waited a year to accuse.

Does this make sense? It surely doesn't, to me! Unless you suspect that this un-named woman wants money or notarity.

In this day and time, it appears that one of the tremendous pleasure of many people is to shoot down, through words, the great people of the present time...and those of the past, as well.

This man has done more for Black people in America than others who claim to do much. He is an icon for family values, for good clean humor, and for the productive, free American way of life.

Shame on this un-named woman...and all others who endeavor to injure, through words, those people who are making a positive difference in the lives of those around them.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Caremark is at the bottom involving service to the patient!

Since we, retired Texas teachers..or TRS, have been turned over to Caremark the level of care given us has plummeted. Caremark often does not accept a doctor's perscriptions unless they are called in numerous times. Every time I have called, rather than emailed, I have found "helpers" who refuse to help with the attitude that they simply cannot do whatever it is I need. I resent that TRS is being handled by Caremark in this cavalier fashion. It appears that neither the state nor Caremark give a fig for the the health and wellbeing of the patients they "serve".

Friday, January 21, 2005

The Roman Catholic Church will, January 23, bury fetal remains

Good for the Roman Catholics! They will, Sunday in Denver, bury the ashes of 1,000 aborted fetuses to mark the 32nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Quoting from, "LaVelle said Sunday's ceremony would involve the remains of between 600 and 1,000 aborted fetuses from November 2003 through and November 2004. She said the parish has held unannounced burials twice a year since 2001, but the parish priest agreed to make the burial public this year.

"'Abortion can be a real controversial issue, but in my eyes and the eyes of people doing this in our church, we believe these babies deserve the dignity of a proper burial,' LaVelle said."

Susan LaVelle is a parish volunteer for the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Denver.

Christianity was in Washington yesterday

President Bush's inauguration was filled with the Spirit of God. From Whitley Phelps' rendition of Heal Our Land and Guy Hovis' Let the Eagle Soar to Susan Graham's Bless This House, our nation witnessed what our Founding Fathers had proclaimed: this is one nation, under God, with freedom and justice for all. Both President Bush and Vice-President Cheney were sworn in with their hands on their respective family's Bible.

Not only did the President's speech contain the word freedom 27 times, but at one point he noted "
Americans at our best value the life we see in one another and must always remember that even the unwanted have worth." I chose to hear in that the cry to oppose abortion!

There were many prayers said during the inauguration and the events preceeding and following it. The band played God of Our Fathers, and the Reverend Kerby John Calwell evoked Jesus Christ to bless the nation.

President Bush's Address was said, by commentators, to be the most powerful an American president has given, a dazzling speech, in the likeness of Abraham Lincoln, who Bush quoted.

To all this I can only add: God is blessing American! We must keep God in us, as Americans, if we are to retain the the freedom about which the President spoke.


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