There can be miracles…

In a recent address, Elder Holland recounted the New Testament story of the father seeking healing for his child with a “dumb”spirit. Elder Holland expresses perfectly the desperation this father surely felt–desperation that I am so painfully familiar with. With no other hope remaining, this father asserts what faith he has and pleads with the…

Detail of Forbidden Fruit oil painting study by Talya Johnson

Forbidden Fruit–an artist’s stand against chromophobia

After being highly highly valued for centuries, color became forbidden fruit,.associated with loose reasoning, slack morals, and unrestrained living. In this extreme climate, reason, conformity, and moral rectitude ruled. Color, like emotion, was to be managed, controlled, and subdued.”


A time to paint, a time to play: Blueberry picking in Archangel Valley, Alaska

As difficult as it may be, there are times to put the paint brush down. Some things just can’t wait. Children grow up, parents age, weather changes, and blueberries are only ripe for the picking for about two weeks out of the year. I pray that I will always have the wisdom to know when…

Dad and Me

My Hero!

Isn’t it funny how we imprint on a certain time in our lives, and every time we think of a person, we think of them as they were during this time? My own children see their grandfather as the cheerful, white haired, jovial, chess-playing grandfather that he has been to them. They envision him is his…


Blessed and going home

After a very long couple of days in Anchorage, we are finally home. This photo of Sam on our drive home says it all. Andrew’s heart procedure was long, but successful. My little nephew Seth who was hospitalized for a different reason right next to Andrew’s room is also on the mend. We feel so…


Still Here!

In case you were wondering if I have fallen off the face of the earth, let me assure you that I’m still here. In all likeliness, most of you checking this blog know very well where I’ve been. But I wanted to cover my tracks, just in case you happen to be a wealthy, admiring,…