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speaking poetry

I’m reading an old friend’s poetry manuscript. Something I adore — reading a manuscript as a writer, trying to see what the poems want to say, what the music is telling me. It’s the language of poetry, and I don’t […]

Happy Father’s Day

Fathers are odd creatures. At least the ones I know are — not any single mold, no real unifying characteristics. Some are very loving — nurturing, even — others are sometimes cranky. While yet others are newly fledged, and learning […]

lesson #531 in beginner’s heart

I’m not good at being loved. It makes me uncomfortable when people sing my praises, for whatever reason. And I’ve never learned how to gracefully accept compliments (I have a bad habit of turning them in to jokes, but I […]

goodbye Kali

Even a year ago she still ate. Not so much lately. Her fur — once sleek as a seal’s — is dull. I haven’t seen her groom herself in years. My petting does that, bringing up clouds of silvery fur. […]

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dreaming of houses
We visited a realtor today. Just looking for information, nothing formal. But it set me to dreaming of houses, a thread that connects me with all three of my sisters. We dream of houses the way other people dream of jewelry, or vacations (note: we also dream of those :) ). This past week-plus, sp

posted 3:28:25pm Jul. 08, 2014 | read full post »

what you do comes back to you
Right after we married -- literally a couple of days later -- my husband & I left for his new job. In Algiers. Or Alger, as the French call it. My mother-in-law bore this with the fortitude of prairie pioneers, although she did take us to see her cousin, who had lived in North Africa. Well, her

posted 1:49:44pm Jul. 07, 2014 | read full post »

when hot sweaty work is NOT a royal pain
This was my morning. My elder son & I wrangled over each individual magnolia branch, pretty much. See, I'm a tree person, and Nathan is a landscape person. He wants a useful and beautiful landscape for his home. I want trees treated like people, allowed to grow (with help -- AKA judicious prunin

posted 2:16:17pm Jul. 05, 2014 | read full post »

just add water: swimming with little fishes
I took my grandson swimming today. To a tiny inflatable pool off the side of the deck at the 'kids' house. We sat in the 85 degree air, in tepid water, liberally coated w/ SPF 50, and splashed. And splashed. And splashed again, with great enthusiasm. Then we filled a Solo cup with a pink floaty

posted 3:26:21pm Jul. 02, 2014 | read full post »

road trip
We're on a three-day road trip to Virginia, from Oklahoma (burglars beware: my sister and her two attack hounds are house-sitting!). Which means crossing both Arkansas, and Tennessee. Which means...crossing the M

posted 6:54:32pm Jun. 29, 2014 | read full post »


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