School supplies for Mom

The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration. Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.” — Julia Cameron Remember the late-summer thrill of buying notebooks, Magic Markers, and bright yellow […]

Remembering Margo LaGattuta

My eyes like old glass windows, dusted with lost days, are ready to hold the new light.” — Margo LaGattuta, from “Pretending to Be a Barn” I found the e-mail from another writer-friend early this morning. It wasn’t unexpected, though I’d learned only two days ago that Margo LaGattuta was suddenly terminally ill. “Margo died […]

Refeathering our nest

Field notes on an empty nest Last week I found a bird’s nest on the brick walk leading to our backyard.  I’m guessing the nest fell from a nearby silver maple; or maybe a neighbor found it while jogging and left it by the garden gate for us to admire. Not much larger than a […]

What the sidewalk says

Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem, Sing a mumble-gumble song, Whistle through your comb. Do a loony-goony dance ‘Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain’t been there before.” — Shel Silverstein Yes, I’ll admit that I love a good poop joke. And I love it when I stumble […]

August blooms

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” – Veronica A. Shoffstall Full disclosure: Someone did bring me flowers for my birthday this week, and they’re so gorgeous, so vibrant, that I was inspired to take a photo to share with you here. If August […]