Archives for January 2018

Poem of the Week: The Facts of Aging

by Mimi Gould
Atlanta, Georgia Branch
So much to do before I pass
and here I sit upon my ass,
my energy is gone there’s none to spare
I lay on the bed, still in my underwear.


I wasn’t warned about getting old
I tried to do what I was told
but none advised me about fatigue,
and laziness and the lack of speed.


I munch on ice cream and candy bars
and wonder how my waist got large.
I truly want an exercise routine
but end up with People magazine.


It’s disgusting to me, this aging event,
I can’t even remember how my days are spent.
The golden years are simply phony
with time to spare, it’s pure baloney!


I’ll wake up tomorrow and hear myself say,
hooray, I’m vertical for another day.
And suddenly the day goes by,
hours seem like seconds, the time just flies.


The months and years are gone like a breeze.
I need more days, dear GOD, if you please.
A new year is here, I must take control
of mind and body and this lazy soul.


I’ll rid the cupboards of cookies and sweets
and try my darndest to get off my seat.
The stationery bike awaits my butt,
and perhaps a dance class to strut my stuff.


I’ve letters to write and a canvas to paint on
and a memoir to write before I’m gone.
I used to run just like a bunny,
batteries charged, yes, that was me.


Now I’m down to a turtle pace,
the only speed are wrinkles on my face.
Dear GOD, please hear my prayer,
bless me with vigor and enough to share.


Art of the Week: Sunny Sunflowers

Kay Duffy
Santa Clara Branch, CA
“Sunny Sunflowers”



The freedom, spontaneity and speed, the “wet and loose” of watercolor, suits Kay Duffy’s temperament.  She says her approach is “juicy”, incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.  Duffy finds the freedom of painting on location, en plein air, to be the most enjoyable way to paint. Inspiration for studio work comes from sketches and slides taken while walking in the community, working in her garden, hiking in the wilderness or traveling in foreign lands.


Duffy’s recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images.  Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image. To see more of her work visit her website.



NEW from Pen Women Press: Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women

“Pen Women foster and support creative development in women of all ages.”

– Lucy Arnold, Editor


Pen Women Press is pleased to announce the publication of Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women, a limited-edition, commemorative coloring book that celebrates what unites us, excites us, and makes us Pen Women.


Only 100 copies have been printed and are available from NLAPW exclusively!


Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women features 30 beautiful illustrations by NLAPW members Anne R. Baehr, Barbara Baum, Anita Benson Bradley, Mary Dall, Patricia Daly-Lipe, Chella Gonsalves, Caroline Henry, Darby Hobbs, Barbara L. Jendrysik, Kathryn Kleekamp, Lisa Livingston, Mary Ann Miller, Suzanne M. Packer, Debbie Patrick, Molly Read Woo, J. A. Slack, Bonnie Jo Smith, Katie Turner, Mara Viksnins, Barbara Waterman-Peters, Patricia Watkins Dick, Melissa Woodburn, and Lucy Arnold.


Published by Pen Women Press (January 7, 2018); 64 pages. ISBN# 978-0-9815693-7-6


Price: $16.00 ($12.00 donation to NLAPW, Inc., plus $4.00 S&H. Visit the NLAPW Bookstore website to order today and to also see S&H rates for multiple copy orders.) Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for order fulfillment and delivery.


Kathleen Vermaelen

Managing Editor, Pen Women Press

Publications Chair, 2016 – 2018


Art of the Week: Bug-Eyed Beetle

Elizabeth J. Parrish
Stockton-Lodi Branch, California
“Bug-Eyed Beetle”
Digitally Enhanced Photograph


Driving down a country road, Elizabeth Parrish was initially drawn to a rusty truck on a property in Lodi. After handing a business card to the woman there to let her know that Parrish was a photographer, she graciously let Parrish wander around while she was busy on a project in the barn. The color of a VW car was Parrish’s favorite, opera pink. Intrigued by the headlight overtaken by nature, noticing the sand in its curvature, and seeing how the spider thought it a perfect place to spin its web, Parrish composed the shot. With a little help from Photoshop™, the rest became a magical experience.


Art of the Week: Myth, Magic and Metaphor

Patricia Daly-Lipe
Washington, D.C. Branch
“Myth, Magic and Metaphor,” Oil



Patricia Daly-Lipe’s paintings come from the heart. Most are unplanned and develop as the paint goes on the canvas. Such was the case with this painting. It was a result of wiping leftover paint with a palette knife onto an empty canvas.  The Princess and the unicorn found their ways in the paint. Daly-Lipe then added the dragon. This painting represents good and evil with the Princess asking the unicorn (who represents creativity/good) to look in the mirror so he won’t see the dragon (who represents evil).