“Calling the Owl”

Let us hear your faint vibrato and absorb what is invisible, wild and nearly gone.” — Terry Blackhawk Every time I read “Calling the Owl,” I can picture the poet standing still in a snowy meadow just before dawn, listening for that which is “wild and nearly gone.” Terry Blackhawk is an acclaimed Michigan poet, […]

Parenting advice

A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.” ~Sloan Wilson Note: This essay was published earlier this year (“A New Season of Parenting”) in Metro Parent magazine. It was written especially for friends whose […]


Seat yourself next to your joy.” — Rumi We all have to start somewhere. Truth is, the beginning is often the hardest part of any worthy project, whether we’re talking about writing books, designing clothes, breaking a habit, or plotting a garden. Before we can meet a deadline or plant the first seed, we have […]

Into white

Tables of paper wood, windows of light/ And everything emptying into White.” — Cat Stevens, “Into White” The thing I love best about redecorating is that it inspires us to look at our old rooms in new ways. A “re-do” doesn’t necessarily require that we buy more furniture or knick-knacks — though paint, hardware, and […]

“Now I Become Myself”

I have been dissolved and shaken / Worn other people’s faces” — May Sarton My early introduction to May Sarton‘s work was through her diary, Journal of a Solitude. I was new to personal writing at the time, and I admired how Sarton gracefully shared her private and public worlds — her beloved garden; domestic […]

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