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About christinerose

Artist. Nomad. Misanthrope. Award-winning author of the Rowan of the Wood YA fantasy series. Needs copious amounts of dark chocolate, frothy mochas, and silent solitude.

5 Apology Languages (Redux) 

Another one worth a reblog. Originally published on April 6, 2016.

I’m apologizing to someone very special today, for my behavior and words were hurtful, too. Wish me luck.

(So much for zero fucks!)


Several years ago, I read a wonderful book called The 5 Love Languages.* It taught me how I expressed and received love, as well as how my husband expressed and received love. Once we knew each other’s love language, we could more completely express our love for the other.

Sadly, of course, trauma and loss screamed at us for three years in a row, which overpowered our loving voices. Although there is still a whisper between us.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 7, 2017 in Personal



This F*CK FEELINGS article is definitely worth a reblog…
(see below Helm Crag picture, originally posted April 27, 2016)

I gave a few fucks again last month, and I paid dearly for it. Back to zero fucks!

May you all find peace, plus many fleeting moments of beauty and joy admidst the pain and grief of life.

Christine Rose

Helm Crag in Grasmere Helm Crag in Grasmere

F*CK FEELINGS, by Michael Bennet & Sarah Bennet, might’ve been the best purchase I’ve made all year. The book’s premise falls somewhere between Nihilism and Buddhism, which is exactly where I fall, so it speaks to me. It’s about “managing expectations, accepting limitations, and wrangling Assholes,” and it’s done in a very frank and often hilarious way (314).

It does use fuck a lot, but that word doesn’t bother me at all. Sometimes FUCK is the best, most expressive, appropriate word one can use. In this book, it is used well. It’s a book about “letting go” without using that tired, old, annoying, oh-so-spiritual phrase. Better than “letting go” is learning not to give a flying fuck. It’s freedom. As someone who frequently utters the word fuck, I reject the notion that only unintelligent or inarticulate people use profanity. I adhere to the concept that people who…

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Posted by on January 5, 2017 in Personal


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For Just A Few Moments

….for My Christmas Miracle


For just a few moments
I captured your heart
A sweet, brief reunion
After decades apart

For just a few moments
We talked through the night
Sharing stories and thoughts
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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Personal, Poetry


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My Christmas Miracle

fullsizerenderLast Christmas was the first after my husband left in April 2015. I was in Italy petsitting a wonderful cat named Nox. It was a nice, quiet Christmas, but it was also a lonely and sad one.

A dear friend sent me a card with a little story inside about a perfect Christmas moment for me, sharing a cup of mulled cider beneath Big Ben along the frozen banks of the Thames with a fellow traveler.

That’s not quite my reality this Christmas, but there is a renewed hope (that very dangerous emotion) that it might be in my future.  Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 22, 2016 in Personal


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It’s A Magnificent Life

It’s been like two months since I posted. I know…but I have a good excuse!

I’ve been traveling and living so fully (most of that time). In no particular order, here are just a few things I’ve done in the past nine weeks instead of posting blogs, in pictures:

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Posted by on August 9, 2016 in Personal


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Beyond the Castle

This is our view from the Beyond the Castle Archaeological Dig Site in Lancaster, England, led by archaeologist Jason Wood. I’m one of the volunteers than came to help with this exciting dig. Based on some geographical tests, recorded history, and nearby discoveries, they suspect the remains of a Roman Fort, dating back to the 4th c. and even possibly to the 1st c., lay beneath the earth waiting to be rediscovered, and they were right!  Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Personal, Travel & Tourism


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Watercolor My World

The Hermitage, Scotland

Although I majored in Art in College before I majored in Drama, Psychology, and finally English, I never learned to watercolor. Most of my training and experience is in acrylics, so I’ve taken it upon myself to learn how to watercolor.

Here are a few of my recent watercolor postcards. Much to my delight, I asked friends and followers on Facebook who would like to receive one, and I got lots of responses! Needless to say, I’ve been busy painting scenes and trying new techniques ever since (while binge-watching “The Good Wife“). All of these pictured are already in the mail. Leave a comment if you want to be put on the list to (eventually) get one, then email me your address (link in right sidebar). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Personal, Travel & Tourism


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