December 3, 2021 Weekly Musings

Christine Alfery

Posted on December 03 2021

December 3, 2021 Weekly Musings


In the spirit of Giving Tuesday I am again sharing my favorite charity to give it is the Wounded Warriers. I am so thankful for all the veterans and in particular those who were wounded. I am grateful for the work they have done for our country and our freedom. In the spirit of giving I am again going to draw names to give away for one of two of the Holiday books I have created this season. There will be 4 winners. So share who you love to give your time to, your money to, your heart to and put your name in the drawing beginning this "Giving Tuesday" Nov. 30th. In order for you name to be included in the drawing please respond to this question on Facebook so others can also feel and believe in the giving spirit: What is your favorite charity and why? The drawing will be held on Dec. 17th and you will receive it by Christmas.

So in the spirit of giving please share what your favorite charity is and why?

Visit my Facebook page and look for my "Sharing and Caring post." 

In the comments, share places where you love to volunteer or the causes you support, and write some cheer for the next person to read.  Let's lift each other up!



Howard Young Gallery Presents Artists Muse Exhibition

Featured image: First Ice

The Howard Young Art Gallery is looking forward to the collaborative exhibitions of poets and artists working together again. The exhibition will take place towards the end of July thru the end of September with an open mic session via zoom or in person reception depending on COVID restrictions. The exhibition will be titled "Artists Muse." It's time to begin thinking about the artists/poets you know and who you would like to work with - and start your projects early. For the arts, both 3-D and 2-D are available. And my work is available for any poet who wishes to work with me and my artwork.

I will begin to gather names of poets and artists who wish to be part of this exhibition. Artists and poets can feel free to move ahead and work with an artist or poet partner of their own choosing. Preference is given to a combination of different artists and poets working together. It is recognized that many artists like myself write poetry and that poets create artwork.

Right now the gallery is excited to be opening again and looking forward to having exhibitions. If you are an artist and wish to put together an exhibition, please contact the gallery coordinator - Christine Alfery at




Featured image: She Is Called Peace

We all know a person like “Peace” at some time in our lives, it could be a mother, grandmother, father, grandfather, dear friend.  They never seem to change much, they always seem to be that gentle space within chaos their whole lives.  


Again I Have Come To A Crossroads In My Life

Featured image: Crossroads

Again, I have come to a crossroad in my life. Whenever I do this, I recall this song. I tell myself that I need to know when to walk away and that nothing is more important in life that it means giving up what you believe in and the values you live by. So I will walk away from these crossroads and build another path where there is again big sky and big water, an infinite horizon and the hum of "yes, yes, yes" in my ears.

On a warm summer's evening
On a train bound for nowhere
I met up with the gambler
We were both too tired to sleep
So we took turns a-starin'
Out the window at the darkness
The boredom overtook us
And he began to speak

He said, "Son, I've made a life
Out of readin' people's faces
Knowin' what the cards were
By the way they held their eyes
So if you don't mind my sayin'
I can see you're out of aces
For a taste of your whiskey
I'll give you some advice"

So I handed him my bottle
And he drank down my last swallow
Then he bummed a cigarette
And asked me for a light
And the night got deathly quiet
And his face lost all expression
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right

You've got to know when to hold 'em (when to hold 'em)
Know when to fold 'em (when to fold 'em)
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Don Schlitz

The Gambler lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC



Featured image: Fall Colors Speak

Fall colors like stained glass windows
Beams of sunlight
Towering trees
Covered with color
They are a cathedral
Above my head.



Featured image: Just Because

The circle has long been a part of my art and a part of how I live my life.  The circle has long been in my work.  Some of the circles I paint are closed for protection, some of them open for escape. They all represent movement.


The Mystery And Enchantment Of Art

Featured image: Pine Cones

Art is an interesting concept because within every work of art there is that trace of something that acknowledges and hones in on the meaning and traditions of artworks past. Yet, at the same time searches for a trace sign of the future with all its hopes. Within each work of art, the past, the present and the future there. They are the mysteries of what can be and what has been. This is the enchantment of art.


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