Paths I have walked, literally, as I have explored the countryside around me from the time I could walk, and figuratively, as I walk through life.


I was first inspired by the beauty of the local landscapes of Carnegie and the trails and byways along the Chartiers Creek and throughout the Chartiers Valley, paths I’ve been walking since I began to walk. Those paths led me away to learn new things, and led me back, to interpret what I’ve found.

My biggest inspiration for poetry, prose and artwork is still the world right around me, and I enjoy the opportunity to share it from the perspective of one who walks and hikes and bikes and carries a camera, art materials and journal everywhere—even around the house—so the inspirations are fresh.

The familiarity of weather and structure and cultural habit are a starting point, a base to build upon as I walk other paths while building my stories.

Latest Journeys


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if no eye beholds it, is it still beautiful? Does the heart truly love, if there is no lover to receive it? Or does it wait to be beheld, holding within its substance the essence that needs another to be complete? Poem © Bernadette E. Kazmarski …


I’m not one to think everything happens for a reason, that things align through time to lead one to an epiphany of some sort, but that we are the ones who choose that alignment in the moment, and a moment later, or a different poem in that book, could lead to an entirely different epiphany. …

Poem for Saturday: Vintage

Colorful beaded necklaces, orange and apple green, and pearls and plastic flowers, a linen hankie with soft green lovers-knot lace edging, a blue and white stripe pillow cover, real pillow-ticking, a ruffled chair cushion, what made these things so cherished that they survived the years intact, ready to be cherished again even when similar things, …


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