Category Archives: Nature

Poetry Friday Golden Shovel and Painting

I have a Golden Shovel poem for Poetry Friday. The poem was inspired by Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird. I used the second stanza lines from Maya Angelou’s poem to create my poem. I’m also including a portion of Caged Bird … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday & Important Voices

Spring’s Softness Spring’s softness has settled in the city, trees tenderness triumphs with new leaves. Rivers of rivulets, feed meadows of multi-colored crocuses that vanish– Almost magically before our eyes. Replenished with tulips, daffodils, and lavender’s long-gone childhood memories, bringing … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday-Mother’s Day-Mothers & Daughters

For Poetry Friday I’m sharing Poems about Mothers and Daughters for Mother’s Day. MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS Mothers and daughters what ties them together? Building bonds as sensitive as a feather. Laughing and crying–sharing joy and sorrow, years passing too quickly … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday– Natures Voice & WIP

I went on another poem hunt and found the poet Karen An-Hwei Lee. My poem today is inspired by a poem of hers that I am sharing, and accompanies my WIP watercolor painting. Karen An-Hwei Lee’s poem follows below mine. You … Continue reading

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#NaPoWriMo Day 30 & Thanks

I just received this beautiful book from Kathy Temean– She  recently featured it on her blog, Writing and Illustrating, Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children; it’s a treasure in words and art, many thanks Kathy!  For the last day of … Continue reading

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Day 28 of the 2017 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, Poetry Friday & #NaPoWriMo–Oh my!

  It’s Poetry Friday, and the annual Progressive Poem, that began way back on April 1st, has landed at my port. Irene Latham began the Progressive Poem, in 2012.  Which begins each year April 1st and and runs through April 30th. The Poetry Friday community and all … Continue reading

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NapoWriMo Day 26–Thank you haiku

I received this lovely postcard at the beginning of April from Irene Latham, writer and poet, who has been posting ARTSPEAK! Portrait poems, and hosting the Progressive Poem on her blog this month. Check out both, they are wonderful! The opposite … Continue reading

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#NaPoWriMo day 24, #WIP, & EAC Spring Session 2 Art Classes

Beauty and Spring Flowers Beauties there in front of you, patiently waiting,  just open up your eyes . . . © 2017 Michelle Kogan My Evanston Art Center Spring Session 2 art classes start next week- May 1st, I’m offering the … Continue reading

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#NaPoWriMo Day 23, #watercolor, #poems, #picturebooks

Growing Poetry   To write each day far from a chore, will open up magical doors.   To read, to think, is like one’s breath– Ideas sprout and scenes are set.   Attend your tool. carve out your time, plant … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday– #NaPoWriMo & Earth Day

Support Women of Science Embrace women leading us in science–Protecting life, water, and air! Anita Studer –Swiss, ornithologist and environmentalist. She went to Brazil to study a                           … Continue reading

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