Just a taste of what’s popping up. In case you were looking for a prompt.
Somehow as a Subway Hitchhiker (at least in my imagination and dreaming) I’ve settled in a small city in a cluster of small cities amid moose and deer and the occasional black bear. As well as the eagle, overhead. Here, with my city farm, as we garden.
Always the Outsider – even when I’m the Leader.
This slow process of learning to trust each other again.
Yet some Wants are also Needs! (To be loved, accepted – even as a writer – even successful or victorious in some manner.)
My Wall is an aspect of Control. (Even if it’s so classic it’s trite.)
Sometimes it seems we don’t play. We don’t play enough.
The pathway is not straight but strait. Not even like a tightrope. No wonder I’m so often off-kilter.
In the beginning was the Plan and the Plan was (as I paraphrase the gospel of John). Yes, simply was. And all we have to do is step into it! As if it could really be that simple.
This is hardly a Literary Life. How different my work would be had I led another existence. Something with more time for serious reading, teaching, refined social circles. Rather than laboring out in the field.
So comforting, this thick terrycloth bathrobe that reaches to my ankles – not a given, at all, when you’re tall. Nice way to round out the year.
1 The Electric Florist (a misreading) 2 BEER, Helping White Guys Dance Since 1842 (a poster we saw in Rockport, Maine) 3 Borderline Fuel (a real company, with real tankers on the road – just how borderline are they? 4 Black Powder Open Fishing (from sign We Have Black Powder Open Fishing Day June 2) […]
Why wait for the dust to settle? Here are 10 bullets from my end.
Is anything more relaxing than sitting in front of a wood fire? Even when it means sitting on the floor?
Gift-buying husbands? Just look! As she says, they’re subjected to indentured shop-itude.
First day of winter and the flannel sheets should be on the bed by now, if not earlier. Flip the mattress and rotate, too.
Our traditional Christmas dinner includes fresh homegrown Brussels sprouts, which means I’m out in the garden harvesting – sometimes in several feet of snow. Likewise with kale and chard: frost improves the flavor.
Let me suggest Mary, as the mother of the church … a slightly different twist on the Nativity story.
For someone who’s lived under relentless deadlines, Christmas itself can be seen as another damn deadline. Or series of deadlines. This year, I think I’m ahead.
Still, I’m deeply grateful for the sense of release – notes, poems, correspondence … the logjam broken … now that the poems and novels are available.
Grandfathers have grandfathers too. In case you’re in one of those inner-child perspectives.
What are the theological dimensions of Alzheimer’s or dimentia? Where are the connections – the response ability – when your story gets so fragmented you’re no longer connected to anything you encounter?
picnic table with a block of snow 2-feet deep atop it and a hole at the center extraordinary deep purple in the Siberian irises Quaker ladies abloom on the meeting burial ground – even on the Friends graves in Pine Hill Cemetery the ox-eye daisies I lifted from rock and sand to transplant here – […]
The lighthouse at Cape Neddick in York, Maine, is one of the most photographed in America. Also known as the Nubble Point Light, it has a red beam to distinguish it from other nearby beacons. Each Christmas season, it’s outlined in holiday fare. Here’s how it looks.
fingers stiff, numb on ice-encased rigging any fire in the hull a hazard tend the footing, Jack, and stay dry, if you can steering around the storm * * * hell comes without flame without smoke under the prow * * * impressed by chance misfortune or the flight from somebody gone astray rolled together, […]