29 May 2016

There must have always been foxes around the garden homes, rabbits crossing the morning road, ducks playing in storm drain puddles. What else have I not noticed? Snakes? Martians? A medal from the elementary school, sorely … [Read more]

Creating Joy: just another assignment

  Hello, fellow writers! All of you who are process nerds, this series is for you. I'm going to talk about my writing process for The Joy of Poetry. I love to hear how other writers work and am hoping you enjoy the same kind of thing. … [Read more]

22 May 2016

If, one New Year's, you go too far, drink far too much, make sure it's champagne … [Read more]

Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

"Turn Around. Don’t Drown." That’s what the National Weather Service says — they even trademarked the saying. I remember the Memorial Day floods in 1981. I heard later that people drowned trying to drive when they should have turned around. But … [Read more]

Joy Roundup

Hi, Everyone. I've been overwhelmed with the support and kind words surrounding the release of The Joy of Poetry. Here's a roundup of the online love: The last shall be first. LW Lindquist announced that The Joy of Poetry will be the … [Read more]

The Joy of Poetry

  I get my hair cut at Walmart for two reasons: 1) I’m cheap, and 2) I have fascinating conversations with whoever happens to be my hairdresser. At our local SmartStyle the turnover is high, I suspect because they work the women into the … [Read more]

Last Man Standing

On Palm Sunday he came into church late, reeking of alcohol, like he'd washed his clothes in beer. It was 7:45 a.m. He sat next to me, at the end of the pew. He was wearing jeans, a light jacket, a ballcap. "Where better to be?" I thought. Of all … [Read more]

Balance & the Cow Yoga Calendar

Balance? What the yoga cow calendar teaches I should’ve known 2016 was not off to a good start when the picture for January on my new calendar — the one with cows doing yoga — was subtitled Balance. Uh oh. What was going to happen in January … [Read more]

T.S. Eliot and gravity

I can't say how it happened exactly. It was one of those incredibly rare days when I could not get out of bed. Friends, even when I'm sick, as I was all last week, I usually rise early. I can count on one hand the number of times I couldn't get out … [Read more]

Darkness & Lent

A friend recently recommended Barbara Brown Taylor's book "Learning to Walk in the Dark." I finished it in about a day and a half. All I can say is this: More, please. More lunar Christianity (her phrase, not mine). The cover shows bare trees … [Read more]