A poet friend of Spence's, Joe Whitten (author of "Learning to Tell Time"), wrote a beautiful and insightful review of her work. Taken from her website, bettyspence.blogspot.com, are Whitten's words:
"Betty Spence chooses words for her poems as carefully as a master quilter chooses colors for a prize-winning quilt. She sees the joyful pattern of nature as 'red feathers dusting green feeder' and long leaf pines that 'needle point a piece of Alabama sky.' For her, Vincent van Gogh 'paints not what is, but what seems/ in seeming swirls of yellow and orange.' Betty’s faith is stitched into the fabric of her poems, for she hears the pink and blue asters 'telling the glory of God' and sees the coast of Maine as 'God’s Rock Garden.' Be inspired by the poems in Traces of Presence."
Spence will also have for sale another of her works, a devotional book of reflections, prayers and poems.
Registration is still open for those who would like to participate in the 2015 expo; for those who want to visit, the show is free and features door prizes and free refreshments, as well as opportunities to purchase everything from lunch to next year's Christmas gifts. In addition, many local organizations and establishments will offer information on such needs as home care for the elderly and assisted living/nursing home care.
For more information, contact Ginger McCracken, 251-341-0773 or Robin Murphy in the Student Ministry at 251-445-4163.