October 7, 2016

A Connecticut Day

To celebrate a dear friend's birthday. A visit to the Bruce Museum, a delicious lunch at Meli-Melo Creperie, and a walk on the beach. Lovely.

October 2, 2016

Edwidge Danticat

Was so happy to catch a reading at Manhattanville College by the brilliant writer, Edwidge Danticat. Every word she writes a measured perfection. In person, she is as warm and gracious as she is gifted. 

August 29, 2016

The Edward Gorey Museum

We are big fans of his work. He had a macabre leaning but in a playful way and his art is just fantastic. Our second time there, the house offerings were sparser, someone mentioned a traveling show elsewhere, but it was still a pleasure.

Photo credit, these first three taken by the husband, the rest by me.

The museum is in Gorey's home in Yarmouth, Massachusetts 

It is both homey and silly and kitschy and respectful all at once
Also has a good gift shop tucked away :)

Edward Gorey
His waiting companion
The writer and artist as friends no doubt knew him
A lover of cats

Peeks into early notebook sketches

Yes, worth a trek if you're on the Cape.


Presently Blogger is claiming I am not me. So while I am able to post here, I am unable to let recent (and very nice, thank you, Jenny) comments load. 
Will try again later.

August 28, 2016

Cape Cod Bliss

Just back from a stay in one of my favorite places.  Perfect way to wrap up summer and since this was a bit of a rough summer, it was all the sweeter.

Provincetown - where the Public Library has a Boat in the children's room (as every library should)...

Plus great views

Folks taking a dip off a small beach at the end of a street 

A chicken outside the lovely Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters in Brewster where they also have an in house herbalist.

Just floating around 

Our Tucker when he finally stopped biting at the sand and water long enough to feign a pensive pose.

More tomorrow...

August 11, 2016

Found in boxes

Ever amused at this scrap of torn newspaper that describes my personality perfectly.

August 7, 2016

New Poem Out

A new poem is up today at a favorite site, Woman Around Town. The poem, Backstory, had the honor of several of its lines chosen to ride around Norwalk, Connecticut on buses, along with bits of poems from other poets of all walks. Spearheaded by Norwalk's Poet Laureate, Laurel Peterson, these traveling poetry lines celebrated our national poetry month in April and can be viewed at the Norwalk Public Library 's website. A fun idea I was happy to be a part of - and now here is the poem in full below.
The poem is based on the structure of the Where I'm From poems created by Kentucky 's Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon which is a great teaching poem and writing tool. I taught this form in a workshop in Katonah, NY at their library and the results never fail to surprise and encourage new poets. 

I hope you enjoy my version. 


August 6, 2016

In So Many Words

A brief popping in to share the release of this poetry book. Happy to have two poems and an interview in it. 
Available on Amazon.

July 20, 2016

A Pause

Due to complications from hitting my head, I'll be on hiatus for a spell.  Breathe in summer, breathe in light. Heal.

July 13, 2016

Wave Hill and Art

A nice jaunt to nearby Wave Hill in the Bronx yesterday. 

View of the Hudson River
Goliath Allium I think this was called 

These look like roses, don't they?

Near their small but pleasant cafe, a large room that once entertained famous musicians and celebrities including Mark Twain. 

Water garden
Compelling paths
And an art gallery

Where we were fortunate enough to meet the artist, Joiri Minaya, as she was working on an installation of her piece entitled #dominicanwomengooglesearch, an interactive display (look her up, so interesting) 

Plus mad crazy comfortable chairs to just sit and gaze at the sky.