Rochester Women Magazine: Channel Your Inner Picasso

The latest edition of Rochester Women Magazine is available. I had a lot of fun with this edition. The article features several local businesses that host painting and wine parties. You can find the article here.


vangogh painting brushstroke haiku

Vincent Van Gogh Painting

Today’s Haiku:

somber winter day
sipping wine and splashing paint
swollen brush strokes


Does anyone else have recent magazine articles being published?

Enjoy your day!



Valentine Wine & Canvas

Friday night Denise and I hosted a Valentine Wine & Canvas event. The ladies who attended were so much fun! It was a lively group full of laughter and good energy! Here are a few pictures from the event.

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Today’s Haiku:

his soft gentle eyes
speak truth, he asks for her heart
and now they are one


I wrote today’s haiku back in 2008. I wrote it after Adlai, who is now my husband, proposed to me at the Conservatory in Minneapolis. It was a beautiful proposal. We were resting on a bench in the sunken gardens. It was December 26th and the  area was filled with festive Poinsettia plants and twinkling lights. One of my fondest memories of our life together.

Did you have a romantic Valentine’s Day?


Wine & Canvas: Bottle of Red

Friday night Denise and I hosted another Wine & Canvas event. This event was smaller than the some of the past events, but we had many creative pieces of art by the end of the night.

I want to take a moment to thank each person who participated last Friday night. Here are a few pictures from the event:

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Day five of my challenge: use a writing prompt from the Portable MFA in Creative Writing: Week 6.

Saturday’s prompt was…

In the dream I was…

In the Dream Haiku

Gazing at a harvest moon
in the deep indigo sky.
Creeping bear…

Prompt 6 for Sunday is:

No what I really meant was…

What I Meant Haiku

She only has one shot—
on the tip of her tongue.
No! I meant…

The new week is almost upon us. I hope you enjoy it!

Anyone find a great writing prompt they want to share?


Let’s Celebrate!

What’s Up December?

I am celebrating today because this is my 100th blog post! Thank you to all the readers and followers that continue to support The Whispering Pen! I appreciate you!

This is a busy month. Denise and I are hosting three Wine & Canvas events, I have several assignments with the St. Charles Press, an assignment for Radish, a Rochester Post Bulletin subsidiary, and a trip to my hometown to celebrate the holidays and my mom’s birthday!

December 5th Wine & Canvas Event is “A Bottle of Red.”

Wine & Canvas events for December 2014

December 12th Wine & Canvas Event is a “Snowman.”

December Events Wine and Canvas Snowman

December 19th Wine & Canvas Event is “A Whimsical Holiday Tree.”

I didn’t have time to create this painting over the weekend…perhaps next weekend.

This month I am reading short stories from Stephen King’s, Skeleton Crew, and Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: funny women write from the road. I’ll dig into another novel in January when I have more time to devote to reading.

I’ll also provide more tips for poets courtesy of the Portable MFA in Creative Writing.

And, the best part, exploring more haiku.

Memories Haiku

Memories fading
one by one—
journal entry remains.

What are you up to in the month of December?





Wine & Canvas: A Rustic Tree

Saturday, November 15th was the fourth Wine & Canvas event. Denise and I had 21 lovely ladies join us for this event. Thankfully we had an additional easel as we were only set up for 20.

Wine & Canvas Rustic Tree

We had many familiar faces and lots of new faces. Everyone had their own take on the Rustic Tree subject matter. A few ladies wanted trees in a spring or summer setting. I couldn’t blame them, it was 20ish degrees and snowing (again) last night.

There are several pictures below thanks to Denise’s dedication to capturing the process as we filled our canvases with paint.

A big thank you to all the ladies who were able to join us for the Rustic Tree event! We have three Wine & Canvas events planned for December, two are private parties. The next one is a wine bottle and wine glass on December 5th. I’ll have a sneak peek once I get each one painted.

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Wine & Canvas Haiku

Blank canvas
a brush pushing paint
laughter fills the room.

How do you feel when looking at a blank canvas or blank screen?