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Springtime at the Franklin Park Conservatory


This place has 

Palms room,

Dale Chihuly glass

pieces installed in gardens,

Inside and on the acres surrounding.

Ameriflora was international garden

extravaganza with remaining exhibits.

Umbrella spring room,

Butterfly incubation nursery,

Rainforest room to release butterflies,

Glorious signs of beauty and nature

converging and in coexistence.

Art montage. . . just some samplings


On my “About” page,

I mention four books, only

three covers are displayed today.

One missing original from 

the olden days,


is long gone. . .

I sent the original in one of 

those insured manila envelopes 
where the receiver has to sign,

enclosing my children’s abuse 

and neglect “book” which I

had used with almost all 

the 150 children I met

at a battered women’s

shelter. In my position

of child advocate which I 

was only able to stay 18 months.

I left the town with my 3 kids

and started over here in 

my small town.

Another post someday. . .  On abuse

blogs I have already written these.

I shared horror stories which hit

too close to my children and me.

The pamphlet or mini-manual 

was child-friendly and I named

it using one child’s name  

who died when she went back 

into her dangerous family situation.

“Nutmeg and Cinnamon” 

was sent to a famous person

(Yeah, I know how silly and

delusional could I get?)

I had the Post Office here in my

“new” town, weigh and calculate
a second equally insured manila 

“Return envelope.” 

It never came back!

I have redone it but until I have

possible publication, I have not 

completed it to “best” of my ability.

The Bunny book was made into 

a 4H coloring book, in the days where

God was still present at meetings

and among the members of the club.

I also made copies for my Sunday

school classes to color.  My ABC

for kids using my often used

*”Letter Teddies,”*

which my Dad and a 

Lancaster, Ohio

storekeeper named John,

displayed my art in their 

retirement shops. 

Dad and Mom were located

on Lake Erie, in Vermilion, Ohio.

Their portion of a Victorian shop

named Old Jib’s Corner was

The Oldrieve Studio.

Dad while at NASA, had dreamed 

of the years he and Mom 

would retire. He with

an easel on a wharf at the

Vermilion Lagoons or 

downtown sidewalks.

She who loved to sew and make

doll clothes, collecting dolls 

who sometimes needed wardrobes.

Anyway, here is a group of art,

which doesn’t include a “window”

in my friend’s basement looking 

out at a lighthouse in the 

Atlantic Ocean nor the 

home paintings I literally did

on every wall of our past 

“dream home.” 

So, I could polish these up 

or leave them as is, I have been

Blessed to talk to three children’s

authors who illustrated their own books,

in person over a meal and on 

drives to the Detroit Airport.

Thanks to Rich, while a professor

at BGSU, was on the welcoming 

committee for the famous authors

Spring event where so many 

Wonderful children’s writers 

and illustrators  participated.

Each of the 3 gave me lovely and

thoughtful advice which warms

my heart and allows me to 

have hope that one day

I may have something

displayed or published.

Delaware, Ohio had a downtown

storefront window full 

of the eight homes on one annual

AAUW historical home tour!

This made it into the local newspaper.

Hope you don’t turn your back

upon any one of your own,

“Impossible Dreams.”

In honor of Don Quixote and

his remarkable creator:

Author, Miguel de Cervantes,

who was a dreamer of 

“tilting windmills.”

I wonder if Cervantes ever had hopes

of being remembered not just

as a writer; but as a source of

comfort and spiritual uplifting?

Today is Cervantes memorial

long past death on April 22, 1616.

Good luck at tilting windmills!

Colorful umbrellas at Conservatory


Pink tulips,

Yellow tulips,

Purple hyacinths,

Marley and Landen,

Purple, yellow, pastel

colored umbrellas.

Hands across the water,

fingers wishing to dabble

while Nana takes pictures

children’s Mom Trista says,

“We all just washed our hands

and are taking elevator to the 

main floor and heading out 

to eat at a restaurant.”

Kid’s other parent says typical

Dad’s funny thing,

“For crying out loud!” 

As I have to laugh, 

since my Dad used 

to say exact same thing to 

my two brothers and me! 

Photo and words sharing 

family event with you!

Happy Spring!

Educational tree, Woodward Elementary School


Examining the words, 

it took some time to~

~ Read,

~ Process,

~ Understand

~ Put into action.

Here are the Wall Mural’s words:

“Sharpen the Saw”


“Seek first to Understand,

Then to be Understood”

“Think  Win-Win” 

“Put first things first”

“Begin with the end in mind”


“Be Proactive.”


Author’s Interpretation

~ Robin 

I liked the concept of a tree to hang

words on, growing and searching.

Then building from roots and

using branches as scaffolds.

I like also idea of stretching,

growing,  gathering  strength. 

In a tree’s lifetime, it must

rely upon sun, water and air.

What did you learn from the 

teacher who may have painted this?

Mystery inspiration


Snow on weeds, 

Rusty Studebaker,

Historical license plates,

Burnt sienna colored fenders.

What do you think is inside 

on the threadbare seats?

What would be mystery 

behind the no longer 

loved and treasured 


“Among the Nothing” is a short story piece, M.J. Gale wrote on Phantom Rem blog.


This is a perfect example of using 

a photo or image and becoming


Happy Bunny Day: Love somebunny today!


This goes out to people who 

are of any or no faith, 

sending hugs and 

jelly bean kisses

to all and hope

you have fun!

Go ahead hop on

over to your




house with a 

floral bouquet or

a basket of candy!

🌈  ❤  💐

Spring and Easter message:

“One touch of nature makes

the whole world kin.”

~ William Shakespeare,

English playwright

and Dramatist,

(1564 – 1616)