Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! It’s here!

  I've been looking forward to this one! "Rooster Stories" is by Anna Mitchael, and the description on Kindle Singles says, "Part memoir, part screed, part whatchamacall it, Rooster Stories shows that sometimes the life that makes you … [Read more]

Dreaming with Darwish and Sandra Heska King

Over at Tweetspeak Poetry, Sandra Heska King has accepted a poetry dare. She's reading a poem a day from Mahmoud Darwish's "The Butterfly's Burden" and writing poems as well. In her first post on the dare, she excerpted a poem called "I Waited for … [Read more]

Nell Hensley: February 9, 1914-August 9, 2015

Last Sunday morning, exactly a week ago, I received word that my grandmother, my Nanny, had passed away. We knew the end was near, but it still shocked me. When someone lives to be 101 1/2, well, you do kind of think they might live … [Read more]

The Curious Incident of the Mathematician and Accidental Poet

I just finished reading Mark Haddon's novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." It's also been made into a play, and it won Best Play at this year's Tony Awards. The narrator, Christopher Boone, is "15 years and 3 months and 2 … [Read more]

Self-Care: Stop Striving, Start Trusting

(This is the final entry in Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com.) On April 8 our church welcomed a one-woman performance of “St. Thérèse: The Story of a Soul.” If it comes to your town, go! I knew vaguely who Thérèse of … [Read more]

Self-Care: Allow Space for What You Want

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) This has been the hardest one for me. (OK, second hardest. Fun is the hardest.) For a long time what I wanted — what I needed — didn’t matter. … [Read more]

Self-Care: Create deliberate daily rituals

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) I love rituals! Love! Love! Love! I love to create them. I love to tweak the ones I've already established. My favorite way to end one ritual is with … [Read more]

Hail, Poetry!

“For what, we ask, is life without a touch of poetry in it? Hail Poetry!” (from the Pirates of Penzance, sung sentimentally by the Pirate King, and then everyone joins in. As they should.) Today is the day to sing with pirates and poets. Today … [Read more]

Self-Care: Address Your Adrenaline Addiction

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) Dear Valorie Burton, author of "How Did I Get So Busy?" Huh? You obviously don't know me. I had to look up the definition of adrenaline … [Read more]

Self-Care: Get good exercise, preferably standing up

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) My favorite exercise, which I only do once a week, is performed while sitting down. It’s climbing on my bicycle and taking off down a one-lane … [Read more]