Season’s Greetings

Christmas 1945 by Humphrey Carver

Like many, my partner and I send out fewer cards than we used to. We may not have sent any last year. We are sending out a handful this year, but I wanted to share our card with all who read my blog as subscribers or as occasional visitors. The message inside reads:


As 2020 draws to a close

we hope this creation by Humphrey Carver

will remind you that others have endured.

Wishing you strength, resilience,

and hope in the season and year ahead.

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Janice Mason Steeves on December 16, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Lovely Kathy

    Merry Christmas to you both.

    • Kathy on December 16, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Janice. To you too.

  2. Janet Barclay on December 16, 2020 at 11:27 am

    What a lovely tribute to Humphrey and a perfect acknowledgement of the current season.


    • Kathy on December 16, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks, Janet. It’s a tough one for so many. I think Humphrey would have liked having his image used in this way.

  3. mitchellcatherine on December 16, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Hello Kathy and Peter,

    Thank you for your greetings, with design by Humphrey. It has been quite a year. I hope you have a relaxing holiday with feet up, preferred beverage at hand to celebrate the season.

    Stay well. All the best for 2021!

    • Kathy on December 16, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      We wish the same for you, Catherine.

  4. wickit54 on December 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Thanx, Kathy! All the best to you & yours…

    • Kathy on December 16, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      To you and Rob too, Val. xo

  5. Connie Munro on December 23, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    What a lovely painting and valuable reminder that others have endured difficult times too.
    Thanks for your good wishes, Kathy. Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year.

    • Kathy on December 23, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      Glad you like it, Connie. Your paper copy will arrive soon! Merry Christmas to you and yours too, and all best in the new year.

  6. Linda Dicaire on February 23, 2022 at 10:50 am

    I just spotted this. Members of the community of Rockcliffe Park in Ottawa are in the process of advancing the conservation of the Centennial Gardens designed by Humphrey Carver with Don W. Graham Landscape Architects. Gerry Lajeunesse and I are helping out. I just spotted this as I was looking through Humphrey Carver related material / information. It is wonderful and I really appreciate your posting it. Cordially. Linda Dicaire

    • Kathy on February 23, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      That’s wonderful, Linda, that work is being done to conserve the Centennial Gardens. Thanks for letting me know, and wouldn’t Humphrey and Don be pleased! I must say I’m also pleased that my little blog post turned up in your search for Humphrey related material. I think it means my assistant with all things virtual is doing a good job. 🙂

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