January 1, 2015

Welcome the New Year 2015

To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.

-  Jean-Paul Sartre

The New Year rolls in, the fresh calendars are put out, the list of resolutions grows and grows for me as I like a long one full of hopes and goals.  Still we are in winter, approaching the heart of it, end of January and early February's brutal cold just around the bend.  I like this time, turn on the heater, pull on a sweater, interior, inner, darker, deeper.  This is when the roots grow for whatever you are planting, this is the time to make sure they are sturdy, that they go deep and true.  Don't rush.  Find the long quiet and temper your restless spirit to it.  This is when you understand whether you have hope or not, do you trust the eventual bloom?  Cultivate this heart in this cold season.  Slow slow slow.  Make tea, put seed in the planter for the birds, rest, let your rushing mind calm.  Take a long nap.  It's okay to hibernate, it's winter after all.

December 24, 2014

A short story released

Very pleased to share that my short story, The Falls, is now available in the latest offering from the literary journal, Crab Creek Review.  You can click here if you are interested in ordering it - it is a Seattle-based journal so if you are in that neck of the woods, you can purchase it at bookstores, etc. but if you are an east coaster like me or elsewhere, follow the link.
Also very happy to note that Crab Creek Review has nominated the story for the Pushcart Prize.  Thrilling to consider that possibility, always an honor to be nominated. 

December 21, 2014

Storybook Christmas Sunday Quote

Bits from this lovely book about too many holiday house guests but they find room for them all and - of course!-- a festive time is had by all. 
It helps to browse the children's Christmas books when the short tempered real world with impatient drivers, testy shoppers, and exhausted fretful children with their exhausted fretful parents start to wear one down and stomp out all the Christmas spirit. I'll try to remember to look for another good one tomorrow.

December 18, 2014

Christmas time in New York

Caught the wonderful Broadway show, Cabaret, on Sunday with the remarkable Alan Cumming and the current Sally - Emma Stone.  Both terrific, the cast amazing.  Quite different from the movie version, closer to the book The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood.  Adored the actress Linda Emond and her soaring voice as the landlady and her love interest played with such pathos by Danny Burstein.  Did the crowded Fifth Avenue stroll afterwards (the tree, the tree) and then onto Bryant Park where I love to stop in the summer for an iced drink after visiting Patience and Fortitude, the Library Lions.  Now it's a Christmas wonderland with a surprisingly large ice rink, a lovely tree, and many little wooden "houses" filled with gifts and food goodies and the like.  Ample room to sit and rest and watch the skaters here as well - and just a short stroll to Grand Central Station.  A good time was had by all. 

December 7, 2014

Sunday Quote

You may be whatever you resolve to be.  Determine to be something in the world and you will be something.  "I cannot," never accomplished anything, "I will try," has wrought wonders.

- J. Hawes

November 30, 2014

Sunday Quote

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'Try to be a little kinder'.

- Aldous Huxley  

November 19, 2014

Woodstock wandering

Loved this combo, great little artsy shops abound. Got treats both vegan and regular at the divine peace love and cupcakes, had a delicious supper at Joshua's   
Some pig
Beautiful countryside, mountain backdrop
Love this!
Once was an old shop...a great guy named Lenny who had been a former city guy ran a head shop across the way, a sharer of plum wine and wild stories
A fun day trip with a great traveling companion, my fabulous daughter. We hit the road post Sunday bagels. ;) and as we drove realized the Storm King Art place not far, spring road trip noted. I spent a summer living and working in Woodstock a million years ago. Some friends put together a jewelry shop and we all shared shop duties, a bare bones apartment, even gained a rescue kitten from a dire situation (who went on to live a long healthy life with my best friend's parents). 

November 10, 2014

Cast back to Day of the Dead

Yearly our library hosts a fantastic visual display by a local artist group to celebrate this holiday. Here's a peek at it.