April 20, 2015

My Walden

A foggy evening following a chilly day of rain.
Thoreau had his Walden, I have what are called the twin lakes by my city's high school.


I've walked round it with a new babe, with children, husband, pals, but mostly alone, countless times. 


Said goodbye to scarred trees marked with a slash of orange by the city for tear down, celebrated new green life, 




marveled at the ice capturing the water in winter.  Inspiration for a dozen poems, a testament to finding beauty in our daily lives.


And a heartfelt thank you to Parks and Recreation who laid down the fresh mulch on the walking trails


And cares for the beautiful greenery.




April 19, 2015

Sunday Quote

"...I'd guess that you have some purpose to fulfill and that is why you were saved.  But don't get a swelled head over it.  A cabbage has a purpose when someone needs to make soup."

 - the Bard to Jack, The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer.

April 17, 2015

Be here now

Budding magnolia through my rain tapped car's roof window.

April 14, 2015

Across the pond

Not the global pond but the one here  by the high school, the little library a bright glow across the water.


April 13, 2015

Sunday quote a tad late

If an artist doesn't separate himself or herself from the mainstream no work will get done.

- Maxine Kumin


April 1, 2015

I could live inside a greenhouse


Love these frogs!


I could move into a greenhouse and bloom all winter


Dig those pouty lips, this green man image has more sulky than mythic mischief!


In love with this sliding barn style door




Ah, the restorative power of green

Gilbertie's Herb Farm in Westport, Ct is always a pleasure to visit but never more than early Spring when winter 's cold is hanging on and I feel the need for some serious green.


March 31, 2015

First steps



At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
       -  Lao Tzu

March 27, 2015

Perfect Quote

"Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing."
   - thoughts of the Mole from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

March 22, 2015

Sunday Quote

Go beyond what's comfortable.
- Stanley Tucci's college acting coach


March 4, 2015

The Night Ghost chapbook

My chapbook will be out in early summer (it is about to snow yet again making the words "early summer" so beautiful) with Finishing Line Press.  I am thrilled to say the least - and this postcard just arrived announcing that it is available for advance orders. 
The cover photo works well with the title, yes? While it may have a mysterious air about it, it was taken a year or so ago out the window of my little library on a winter day about as gray as this one.
You can order now (very supportive of me and thank you if you do!) at the Finishing Line Press site at: www.finishinglinepress.com
Just click on "preorder forthcoming titles" or "bookstore" and look for the title or under my name.

February 22, 2015

Sunday Quote

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent van Gogh 

February 10, 2015




So know this - if you love your library, use your library.  Support libraries in your words and deeds.  If you are fortunate enough to be able to buy your own books, and you have your own computer with which to conduct research, and you're not in search of a story hour for your children, then don't forget about the members of your community who are like you but perhaps lack your resources - the ones who love to read, who long to learn, who need a place to go and sit and think.  Make sure that in your good fortune you remember to support their quest for a better life.  That's what a library promises us, after all: a better life.  And that's what libraries have delivered.

- Ann Patchett, in the afterward of the most terrific book, The Public Library by Robert Dawson

I could go on about Ann Patchett all day (if you haven't read her, do so, as in run out immediately and grab a book of hers.  By my bedside table is her collection This is the story of a Happy Marriage which I like to dip into.  Next to Nancy Willard and Mary Oliver and Anne Lamott offerings, but that is for another day.

The book containing her great afterward is extolling the many virtues of libraries (music to my librarian's ears and writer's heart) is a very well done and enjoyable book tracking the many across country treks Robert Dawson and also his son made to all different public libraries, exploring, taking photographs, talking to people, a real taking the pulse of the country book as well as a love poem to libraries.  Libraries are more than housing books but the heart of the community - I would not want to live in a town without a library because what would that say about the members of the community?  At any rate, while you are running out and getting anything Ann Patchett, make sure you get Dawson's book as well. 

You have a library card, right? (They are free!).

February 8, 2015

Sunday Quote

Melancholy were the sounds on a winter's night.
- Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room


January 27, 2015

Just like Laura Ingalls

Note the dog picture thrown in as he looked so cute after being dried off after snow and has little to do with taffy.
On a family list to try - maple taffy like they made in the Little House on the Prairie. Snow required -thanks to the not as bad as predicted snowstorm, we have that (it's freezing out there!). Various websites said boil maple syrup until a candy thermometer says nuclear hot or whatever. We don't have one of those but neither did Laura. We tried their "forms. Ball in cold water" alternate, never seemed to get there but seemed to double in size. We decided it was taffy ready when we got tired of waiting. You then pour the super hot maple syrup into a cake tin that has packed down fresh snow....it does harden but the snow started to melt so fast that we grabbed a strainer and poured out the maple watery stuff. What is left is too sweet for
More than a taste unless you are the fellow historian cook teen with a sore throat. Bummed no vanilla ice cream in
The house (would have been a perfect combo) but the son
Had a good idea to throw in some walnuts as it hardened into a sticky lake of hard taffy. Note -many sticky spoons, pot, cake tin. We
Think the leftover will be great added to oatmeal -especially with walnuts. Thanks, Laura, and we didn't even have to look out for bears.
Although typing all this out on a phone is, indeed, a bear.

January 26, 2015

Stay safe and warm!

The snow already falling here, blizzard on its way. Stay cozy and safe, everyone!

January 25, 2015

Happy Burns Night!

The birthday of my wonderful mother who is missed every day - and she married a Scot - perfect. Hope you are all having a great Burns night.  Cheers! (Toasting with my orange herbal tea).


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.