‘The Turquoise Table’ by Kristin Schell

I've watched Kristin Schell's Turquoise Table journey from afar (not that far — we only live 75 miles apart), and I was inspired. I wrote a column about her turquoise table and my neighbor, Smokey Joe for the WACOAN. Then my husband built our own … [Read more]

26 July 2017

riffing on these lines from William Wordsworth's"Tintern Abbey," used in a Tweetspeak Poetry prompt: Therefore am I still A lover of the meadows and the woods And mountains; and of all that we behold From this green earth; of all the mighty … [Read more]

Alabanza a ‘In the Heights’

  We took my dad to see “In the Heights” at the Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas, for Father’s Day. He loved it. We loved it. But best of all, this musical about a New York City neighborhood I’ve never seen gave me back my mom, both while I was … [Read more]

Paddington Lives

In 1958, Michael Bond published A Bear Called Paddington. In 1996, I used Bond's bear as the theme for our firstborn son's room. Paddington wasn't exactly a hot item --- he wouldn't get his own movie until 2014. But I knew I had the right bear when I … [Read more]

‘Miss Rumphius,’ story and pictures by Barbara Cooney

My friend Sharon Gibbs recommended this book to me, and L.L. Barkat recommended it to her. I'm always up for a good picture book --- one whose words and pictures work together to tell the story. This one was published in 1982 and won the American … [Read more]

14 June 2017

(I wrote this in the Thursday morning poetry group, which has been meeting for more than 25 years, but which I only attend occasionally. The first line is something the host actually said.)   If the plumber shows up, just keep … [Read more]

‘The Happiness Dare’ by Jennifer Dukes Lee

I'm late to the party that is The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee. It released last summer, but I saved it to kick off this summer. As I read it, I found myself wishing it had come out not one year ago but three or four, when I was profoundly … [Read more]

How Many People Does It Take to Change Three Light Bulbs?

The light bulbs in question comprise the third brake light on my husband’s pickup truck, so normally this is a job he would do. But I had the truck that day so our daughter could take her driving test. Although she’d done most of her practicing in a … [Read more]

The Secret to a Happy Marriage Is Not What I Thought it Was

In July, John and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary. I have sworn that the secret to a happy marriage is separate bathrooms. Really and truly, that's the only advice I've ever shared with newlyweds. But to be frank, for all but our first three … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 20

(Originally, this was the beginning of The Joy of Poetry. It's now the last day of our poetry club.)   On New Year’s Eve, I was feeling down. Okay, that’s a lie. I was in utter despair. I had no desire to celebrate the new year. I didn’t … [Read more]