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“Life without coffee is not really life.”

―Michael O'Brien

November: Featuring Michael O'Brien

Born October 4, 1941

Michael David O'Brien is a Canadian author, artist, and essayist and lecturer on faith and culture. Born in Ottawa, he is self-taught, without an academic background. He writes and speaks on Catholic themes and topics, and creates the cover art for his novels in a neo-Byzantine style. (Source: Wikipedia)

Ignatius Press Article: Father Elijah 


Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world, and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene, by taking his central character, Father Elijah Schäfer, a Carmelite priest, on a secret mission for the Vatican which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church.

Father Elijah is a convert from Judaism, a survivor of the Holocaust, a man once powerful in Israel. For twenty years he has been “buried in the dark night of Carmel” on the mountain of the prophet Elijah. The Pope and the Cardinal Secretary of State call him out of obscurity and give him a task of the highest sensitivity: to penetrate into the inner circles of a man whom they believe may be the Antichrist. Their purpose: to call the Man of Sin to repentance, and thus to postpone the great tribulation long enough to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

In this richly textured tale, Father Elijah crosses Europe and the Middle East, moves through the echelons of world power, meets saints and sinners, presidents, judges, mystics, embattled Catholic journalists, faithful priests and a conspiracy of traitors within the very House of God. This is an apocalypse in the old literary sense, but one that was written in the light of Christian revelation.

Source: Ignatius Press Books

            Movie Night with Voetelle

Visit our two YouTube sites for movies produced during Covid.

YouTube Specials

                   Self Portraits by Isaacson

Emily Isaacson is a poet with both Canadian and American influences, who is a dual citizen. Her prolific verse and multimedia art bring poetry to life: she has created over 50 videos of her poetry, and hosted a weekly poetry movie on YouTube during Covid lockdown. In the last fifteen years her sites have been visited over 1.7 million times by more than 45 countries. She is also an arts advocate who has taught on Creative Writing. She has a Bachelor of Science from Bastyr University in Seattle and is currently the Director of the Wild Lily Institute, founded to preserve her poetry and legacy.

She now invites you to her secret cache of over 35 photos, taken by herself over a time span of 15 years.

All photos are under copyright by WLI. To use any of these photos for media purposes, please contact us.

Visit Gallery of 35 Photos

The Fleur-de-lis

What is Emily Isaacson's claim to fame?


She was chosen to write the sacred manuscript of The Fleur-de-lis to commemorate the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.  


This historical book of Canadiana literature contained over 800 poems in English and French and was published in three volumes. 


Not only that,  it was her first real publication of her work, and took her over 5 years to complete. She claims this divine invitation was given to her by God and that it is a prophetic and anointed work.  


Read more about this amazing book . . .  

Quote . . .

  "But she lives; for great poets do not die; they are continuing presences; 

   they need only the opportunity to walk among us in the flesh."  

                  -- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own 

Read about how to make Coco Gello with Emily


               ISAACSON's Latest Poetry


              ISAACSON's Next Book

             ISAACSON's Complete Works

What is length of the complete works?

Isaacson's complete works includes over 1600 poems in chronological order, ranging from age 13 to her most recent unpublished works. The book is at present approximately 1,100 pages.

We are taking offers from publishers at this time, although the book publication may go to the highest bidder who is a traditional publisher.

Upcoming Events


Date: Dec 18, 19

Where: Langley Save-On-Foods

What: she will be giving out Perrier samples

Time: 12-6 PM

Hope to see you there!

Empress Day 2021... 

this is not a holiday, it is a celebration!

Emily Isaacson's birthday December 11 will be celebrated each year by the residents of Canada with Murchie's tea.  We are excited to honour the Empress with these specialty products . . .  coming soon.

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Poetry from ages past. . . 


  Visit the medieval clothing store Armstreet:  Chess Queen

Women In Art:  Exhibited now by the Abbotsford Arts Council 

see Emily Isaacson's photographic art  here.

    Now visit an original 2006 website, which has been kept intact in our archives:


The Wild Lily Institute

The philosophy of the Wild Lily is kindness.

Be kind to those who love you.

Be kind to those who don't understand you. . .  

Photographer and Poet

Photograph Hayward Lake by Emily Isaacson

Bringing Poetry to Life with Multimedia Since 2005 


What of the very dust of the earth when it is brittle and dry?

Could we not repent and our tears soak from

the sky, making wells in the desert.

--Emily Isaacson, A Familiar Shore

Own the Poetry Yourself


by Emily Isaacson  

She predicted how to survive the recession,

on your creativity, colour, and romance . . .

Released in 2017!

What is a Wild Lily?

Emily Carr wrote in her books about the fields of wild lilies in early British Columbia. If you are wondering what a wild lily is, well it refers in this case to any earth-bound lily in contrast to the gilded lily or fleur-de-lis.

Poetry Quote​

Butterfly Tears

I once said I love you

and that love remains;

constant through years,

the blood in my veins.

I never will leave you,

be I poor or of wealth,

as the sun crosses the sky,

without guile, without stealth.

And though the ashes remain of our years,

they are sacred because of our butterfly tears.

--Emily Isaacson


Isaacson's Hourglass 

Isaacson's Hourglass poetry

of the United Kingdom,

is emblazoned with its symbols,

character and resonance.

Written by Emily Isaacson,

it is poetry from her book


Isaacson's Hourglass details the

poetry of a waning empire,

on the verge of transformation.

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Spiritual Life

Take courage and find solace in your faith ...

Visit our page of encouragement 

Love in the Time of Plague 

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Visit here: November pics

Toward the replanting of a land—

once deserted, cold, and barren, still;

now citrus, and the olive, myrtle stand,

our pride in the distance, through the hills

spilling fine perfume and virgin oil.

Early songs still rise from temple mount

amid the prayers, centuries old toil.

--Emily Isaacson, The Replanting

House of Rain

                                     “Leave room in your life for miracles.                                                    ________________

                                                                               —Emily Isaacson