Stuff About Me

welcome to songs for the pure of heart. these songs are about love.  of self.  of others.

i’m an art therapist and poet, too.  i live in northern michigan on the prettiest little lake. my doggie and i sit on the dock every morning spring summer and fall.

my poems, google “mary macgowan poems” and you’ll find some here and there.

i’m not very good at responding to comments on THIS page, although reasonably good at responding to posts. just sayin’

PLEASE, NO AWARDS!  Awards just challenge my already-boggled mind. Thank you, though. ♥

37 comments on “Stuff About Me

  1. Maggie Mae I says:

    I have nominated you for The Lovely Blog Award. You can find more information here: 🙂

  2. Clip Snark says:

    Thanks for stopping by to visit Clip Snark!

  3. Aaron the Ogre says:

    Mary, I just nominated you for a Liebster Blog award. You can see my post at

    Mary, thanks for your support and friendship. I am sorry I could never answer your question about the likes widget. I really do not know how to help. Sorry, but still . . . thanks for continuing to blog.

    • aaron, i’ve decided to not accept the award. it’s just too distracting from my real work. it is so super nice to know how much you appreciate plucky umbrella – it means so much to me. so – thank you very much. you probably don’t have to nominate a substitute for me, but you if do, please feel free.


      • Aaron the Ogre says:

        . . . The award is yours. You don’t have to do anything. I didn’t pass on the first two awards I received. I was just too busy. No one knew.

        I was only recognizing you for how awesome you are as an artist, cartoonist, poet and singer. I will love your blog, posts and friendship the same.

        I think it is a dirty little secret that most bloggers do nothing about the awards they receive other than to say thank you.

      • ok then – thank you!

        and yeah, how great to be called awesome!

  4. Aaron the Ogre says:

    Hi, Mary! I know I’ve already commented once today, but I am going back and thanking the first ten people who chose to follow my blog. I appreciate everything you’ve been to my blog. I know my posts have gone away from substitute teaching, but I don’t have a lot of choice in that matter. I also know you don’t go into politics much, but to me that doesn’t matter. I’m just glad you were there to support my blog when I first started and was only getting a few views a week. Your many comments and continual encouragement is much appreciated. Thank you so much, Mary!

    • Hi Aaron! What a lovely message, you are welcome! I didn’t know you were just starting out, because I was too. I think you and I both enjoy our blogs as something that is both a helpful discipline and a source of creative energy. You have been a reliable source of support for me, too, all along, thank you back. You rock, Mary

    • aaron, i don’t know what happened to writing about the teaching — ?
      also – no problem about the widget thingie.
      so glad for your series of successes and rewards!
      how do i copy the blog award thing? just copy and paste? i’ll try that. THANKS!

  5. Mary, hooray that I found your funny, warm and wonderful blog. It rocks, and so do you! Much love, Nicole xx

  6. m5son says:

    Wow, you are my soul sister. LOL. I mean, no shit.

  7. Ray Sharp says:

    Hi MM, greetings from the Keweenaw Peninsula, western U.P. Great photos!

  8. R C Norman says:

    Thanks for the follow Mary. You have an intriguing blog and I look forward to exploring it more. — Rob

  9. Paul J. Stam says:

    Hi Mary, you don’t know me, but I didn’t know you until just a few minutes ago when forkinmyeye told me about you. I have’t spent hours with you yet, but I love your art and your poetry and will be back later today. – pjs –

    • wow, paul, what a lovely greeting! thank you!

    • paul, glad you found me! how cool that FIME told you about me……i just discovered a zillion comments i’ve missed, like this lovely one from you! did you know you can find all comments in one spot? i’m surprised people are still following me considering how many i have NOT responded to! and now i’m going to check out your blog, thanks for stopping by, mary

  10. Karin Wiberg says:

    Mary – I just nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award. You don’t have to accept, but please know I love your blog and all its creativity!! –Karin

  11. A kindred spirit. I too refrain from participating in the chain-blog awards. I received a couple dozen two weeks ago, all in a matter of days. They must have been really popular at the time. The first one surprised me, until I read it and realized that the nomination was the award, and that I had to make a chain-mail out of it.

    Hope your weekend is all that you wish it to be.

    • richard, yeah, the nomination IS the award! as you can see, i pleasantly accept and then ignore….that’s just where i’m at on the whole thing right now.

      i really really appreciate your thoughts for my weekend. to be honest, today i felt like i got hit by a truck, emotionally, and i have been spending the rest of the day recuperating. let’s hope tomorrow is all that i wish it to be. then again, maybe each day unfolds exactly as it should — ?

      regards, mary

      • …unfold as it will, considering our prior plans and actions, mitigated by the activity of nature and other people. I don’t believe in fate/predestination, so I’m never left feeling helpless. Sometimes we can’t change the course of events that affect our lives, but it seems to make it easier realizing that our situation is not a plan of which we are unaware, over which we have no power.

        Sorry to learn your day was difficult Mary, and hope that you find a way to be at peace.

      • thank you for your compassionate and thoughtful response!
        my day was just my day – i’m fine……finding inner peace is always a process, i think.

  12. Paul J. Stam says:

    Hi, Mary. Glad you liked “A New Day, A New Project” on Paper, Mud and Me. Thanks for stopping by.
    I’m sure I need therapy for something, but just haven’t figured out what yet. Talk at you later – still like your art. We first met back in May of 2012. Blessings and Aloha – pjs –

  13. Thanks for following my blog. I have just started to browse thru your blog and I think i am going to love it. Thanks for the visit. Take care.

  14. Hi Mary,

    I’m about your age, going on about 100 at this rate (that’s another story)

    I adore your painting and your words, wonderful clarity.

    Best wishes


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