“Saints and Trees, God Before our Eyes” St. Lucy


Today is Saint Lucy’s Day in the Catholic Church.   Venerated by many cultures, St. Lucy is a martyr to the people of Sicily.  My mother observed a day without wheat in honor of her for as long as she lived.   She would buy a special grain at the Italian bakery and cook it for herself each December 13th.

St. Lucy is the Saint of the eyes…..she is portrayed with a tray of her own eyes, a self inflicted wound to herself in reverence to God.  Looking back at the shadows of Saints that graced St. Anthony’s Church,  most of them had frightening stories for little eyes to witness.   There was Saint Bartholomew, who held a large knife with a bloody slit down his forearm……..his skin flayed as a martyr.   There was kind St. Francis, pictured with a skull at his feet, to portray the fragility of mortality.   There was brave St. Michael, slaying a dragonly devil at his feet.  Somewhere, in my psyche, I am sure these statues left a mark on me……the fear of God, I would imagine.

When did people’s awe of the wonders of our natural world turn to fear …… When did sacred mistletoe hanging from the respected oaks be changed into the commercialism of a kissing “token” and a dead tree decorated with tinsel held in awe in the eyes of our children……….Trees suffer, die,  then are glorified in our eyes…….reminds you of the Saints, doesn’t it……….

When did fear replace awe……..when did killing become justified because of which Saint or God inspired worship in one’s home.

St. Lucy gave her eyes to God……he restored her blindness.

Which God will restore our blindness………………………………….Lucy

Blessings this Season of Holidays,



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“The Notebooks of our Lives”



On this day, 1980, oil tycoon Armand Hammer purchased DaVinci’s notebook for over 5 million. In November, 1994, Bill Gates purchased it for 30.8 million.
Wouldn’t it be astounding to hold this little journal in one’s hands………..
There are some bits of paper I would love to hold…..an original Shakespeare folio, DaVinci’s notebook, the Dead Sea Scrolls……to name a few………
To just imagine the hands that put those words to paper, to physically touch what they have touched…….it would be extraordinary, wouldn’t it…….
Among the priceless in dollars, two other papers would be on that list……..the list of war letters my mother shredded the day before she died.   I would have loved to hold them, but they weren’t mine to read.   They were hers.
My father’s diary…….he wrote a page to my mother each day after she died until his arthritic fingers could no longer hold a pen.
He asked me if I wanted them………I did, but I couldn’t answer him.   I guess somewhere in my soul I knew they weren’t mine either, they were his.
He told me later he shredded them.   Sorrow filled my heart, but they were his, not mine.  When he died, I found one last page among his possessions.   He wrote,  I have to stop writing.   I cannot write the words any longer.  That was all……that was enough.
I have it.   It is my DaVinci notebook; one day, a child of mine will find it and make it hers.
One page…….my folio, my Leicester Codex, my biblical parchment……..
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We all remember certain days……for me………….JFK, RFK, Elvis, the Space Shuttle ………

And for me, one other………I was sitting in the parking lot of Quaker Bridge Mall, NJ with my infant daughter.    Light snow was falling; I was anxious to drive home.   I turned the radio on and heard the news…..

John Lennon was dead.

I came of age with the music of the Beatles.    My dad bought me my first album of Beatle music at Korvettes, another Jersey institution for those of you old enough and near enough to remember.

I raced to the corner store to buy my cavity inducing gum to collect Beatle cards, which,  to my horror, were tossed away as garbage when I left my childhood behind to become a wife and mother, myself.

I loved the Beatles, most of us did.   The man, well, he had his flaws, most of us do.  But he had a gift.  A gift, unfortunately, silenced too soon outside the shadow of the Dakota in NYC.   Just imagine where life and music would have led him………..

John Lennon, shot on this day, December 1980Lennon

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“How this Retrograde will Affect Women and Harassment”

I don’t think we’ve seen the last of harassment accusations.   Quite the contrary, December 3rd begins a Mercury Retrograde.   Retrogrades are times of reflection, where the past comes back to help or haunt.

I think a lot of women haunted will speak up, even though years have passed.

It has got me thinking of the past as well.   I have held many jobs, always searching for my niche until writing found me.  Harassment comes with many faces, and I have seen most of them.  Harassment with unwanted physical attempts, harassment with demeaning comments and harassment due to age.   I didn’t work while my children were small; in my forties, I went back to find “fulfillment.”

Instead, I found how tough it is for a mature woman to be valued above the minimum wage positions.   I found a job in a high powered attorney’s office.   For low wages, the work of really three employees was put on my shoulders and the stress was overwhelming.   The woman who held my position before had left with a life threatening illness.   As I sat in her chair, I worried how all this stress might affect me.   Was it worth it?   I decided no and walked into his office and gave my notice,

He looked at me with a smirk and said……….”You know you will never get better than this, at your “age” ……… you will never amount to anything.

I went to work for an older woman who had been a professional Realtor/Broker all her life.   I helped manage her office, then, eventually went on to school and became a Realtor myself.   The very first house I sold, the buyer used this lawyer.   As I stepped in the legal office of the seller’s attorney with my Broker at my side, we all exchanged “pleasantries.”   I looked at him, he looked at me and under his breath said, “We know each other.”   I collected my commission check (in the thousands) and left, feeling like one of the worst reflections of my life had turned into one of the best days of my life.

I think most of us have all been harassed in one way or several.   It’s how we show our strength, not our defeat that counts.

Real Estate wasn’t my place, writing is.   But I will always remember standing in that office as that man told me I would amount to nothing without his job.

Use this Mercury Retrograde to reflect, learn, and move forward with renewed confidence and strength.


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“Salvatore Mundi” My Thoughts on the Savior of the World Painting

I have always been in awe of Leonardo…….this man so ahead of his time… this man who roamed the marketplace buying birds and freeing them from their cages…….

Now, this painting makes me in awe of him even more…….perhaps he is the caged bird….setting his thoughts free on this walnut canvas.   The Savior holds a crystal ball, something ancient, but depiction so ahead of its time in Leonardo’s portrayal.   Ancient, yet ahead of his time…….like Leonardo, himself.   Is he reconciling religion, spirituality, mysticism, and superstitions (the crossing of the fingers).  Is he mocking convention, is he offering the protection of crossed fingers against the “evils” of the dark……..

I prefer the first……..I think him so free in his thinking, how could the restrictions of the Church keep his brilliant mind from delving into other mystical subjects…….The world is full of so many colors……Leonardo would have seen them all.

I love the painting.   Jesus has such mesmerizing eyes……..they seek to pull you in or draw you out into search of things out of the comfort zone of his time.   I see so much in that crystal ball……..not of the future, but of Leonardo’s past…………..salvatore mundi


I hope whoever purchased it treasures it………..


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“Give Gifts that Give Back”

Most of you know I always donate portions and sometimes, 100% of my sales’ personal profits to worthy animal organizations and rescues.
This holiday season, until December 24th, think of buying a gift that gives something back……..if you purchase one of my books or one of my Willow Gallery items, I will set aside a portion of each sale to donate to a worthy cause.
Get a nice gift for someone and help someone in return. Each sale doesn’t amount to much, but together, that amount adds up. Each bit of thoughtfulness makes help grow.
Here are the links to my books and to my Gallery page. All sorts of gift items are available, all made from my paintings and photographs.
Thanks and Holiday Blessings. Help me help them. Please SHARE.
http://shirlknoblochwillowfineartprintsandphotography.zenfolio.com/… Click on any painting and a list of custom items will come up……all price ranges, each professionally packaged and shipped worldwide.
Love and Light,
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“Enter your name for a free Mediumship Session”

“SPIRIT WHISPERS”…Enter to win a free Mediumship Session.
Order a copy of my newest book, Spirit Whispers @ Amazon and be entered in a raffle for a FREE Mediumship session with a loved one of your choosing.
Buy Spirit Whispers, write a VERIFIED PURCHASE REVIEW on Amazon, once you have read it. Then, send me an email through Facebook or place a comment in the comments section below, telling me you have entered your review. If you buy the book from Amazon, your review will say “verified purchase.”
Here is the link to purchase Spirit Whispers https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Whisp…
All reviews must be posted on Amazon by NOVEMBER 30TH.
My raffle will take place on December 1st.   I will announce the winner’s name on my blog December 1st ……you may contact me in the comments section with your personal email to message you about your session.   I will also announce the winner on my Facebook page.
spirit whispers front cover
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