My old friend Andy McClelland is a brilliant singer/songwriter, an Indie musician with an amazing portfolio. He has given me a wonderful Christmas gift by turning two of my poems into songs.


Here is the second tune called…

Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home

You can give the tune a listen by clicking here:

Anne Is The True Artist In Our Home by Andy McClelland (

(Lyrics by Robert McBryde; flower arrangement by Anne Schlenker McBryde)


Anne is a tender flower blooming and sweet
Her creations are spare exquisite and without deceit


Crafted for the pleasure derived from the painstaking act of crafting
Whose beauty is not beholden to the eyes of the beholder


Anne is the true artist in our home.
Her art a quiet rainbow on permanent loan


Her arrangements of nature are intended to nurture
They could adorn the most sumptuous halls and be showered with accolades


Her art is the purity and simplicity of spirit
That cultivates a private garden for all those within it


Beside the otherworldly wordlessness of her creations
My words my words are droll


Anne is the true artist in our home.
Her art a quiet rainbow on permanent loan


My words a product of vanity and hard scrabble dredging
The sound of an off key crow in the midst of her bluebird song

Robert McBryde Author: IndieReader Approved, nostalgia, hippies, pop music, 1960s, 1970s, psychedelic, blogging, social media,  CBC radio, literary non-fiction, tales, short stories, vignettes, immigrant experience, Quebec anglos, living in France,  childhood and animal stories, creative memoirs, satire, autobiography, family relations, fathers, raising children, aging, facing death, travel, social commentary, love and marriage, translation: English-French; French-English

Publisher’s Note:  Funny, manic, and wistful… self-deprecating creative nonfiction…The author, Robert McBryde, a professional translator, has been compared to David Sedaris for the sometimes-snarky autobiographical satire characterizing his literary sketches. Many of the stories in his new book, titled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny, have been featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio network.


Author’s Note:

I’ve written a new book of creative non-fiction titled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny, recently published and now on the market. The book is based on stories that I told over the years as a writer/ broadcaster and host on CBC radio based in Quebec City, Canada.

The book is available via my website. The purchase links are at the bottom of the home page.

Normally I will post at least two morning blogs per week. Stay tuned!

If you purchase a book via the platform of your choice, please leave a review!

Here is an excerpt from my IndieReader review:

“[This] memoir is… an enjoyable and touching read. Radio listeners in Quebec are already familiar with the wit and wisdom of Robert McBryde. The non-fiction collection, MY TIME WITH YOU HAS BEEN SHORT BUT VERY FUNNY, gives the rest of the world access to the author’s inimitable style.”

“Please note that [this] book received a rating of 4 stars or above, making it “IndieReader Approved”, a designation we created to make it easier for readers and booksellers to identify quality indie titles. Post the sticker proudly, knowing that your title was judged by top industry professionals—not as merely a great indie book—but as great book, period.”


Here is a link to a cool group book review blog:

My Time With You Has Been Short But Very Funny, a review by Di



And this is a link to Goodreads. A great place to learn about new books and to read reviews.

Di’s review of My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny


And, finally, a review from Amazon…


A Spirited Dive into Life’s Laughter and Tears (

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Your friend,