“Oh, please. He’s not dead,” Cordy replied, and then, butterfly-minded, poked our father with her heel and changed the subject. – Eleanor Brown Okay, so I lied about counting pages. I’ve frantically counted pages in two recent books I’ve read, not because I was slogging through them, wondering when they’d ever be over, but because … Continue reading There’s power in that adjective
Wake butterfly – it’s late, we’ve miles to go together. – Basho I am with you, Basho, awakening to life. – me The Day 8 prompt for Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem A Day challenge was “write back to a dead poet.” I knew instantly that I would write to Basho, the only dead poet whose … Continue reading How haiku saved me from a mid-life crisis
I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my scalp yesterday. No need to freak out – though basal cells are cancerous, they only grow locally and do not spread to other parts of your body. But after having a suspected melanoma and two basal cells removed in the past two years, plus multiple biopsies … Continue reading I got a free facelift
I quit my job. I lasted, what, six weeks? My heart just wasn’t in it anymore. And I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for that. My first nine years at home were rocky ones. Motherhood did not come as naturally to me as I thought it would when I was pregnant with our … Continue reading I quit my job
Violet hills at gloaming – my shoulders shiver bare branches rattle extracting words, plucking butterflies from a stream black crow perches on a bone white branch watching ruffled lichens, like green ravioli, bloom on wet stone a curled leaf hangs from its barren brown twig- a bat, sleeping sun shines through naked trees, wintry patterns … Continue reading Haiku from November
Yesterday was our eight year old son’s special day*, where he got to pick a meal and a family activity for the day. Knowing his tendency towards lounging all day in PJs, I bribed him. I told him, “If you pick an active family activity, like, I dunno, hiking Dragon’s Tooth, I’ll make cinnamon rolls … Continue reading Boy declares Dragon’s Tooth “Best Hike Ever.” Mom agrees.