The past week has felt like an ongoing train wreck – news story after news story about Trump’s swift sledgehammer to everything I thought my country stood for. The smashing of the free press, health care options, trade relations, the environment, the idea of sanctuary, and more. Never have I felt so bereft after the […]
Yes, my blog this week is a day late. And there is one very important reason for that. Yesterday, we had to say goodbye to our old friend Ruby. Ruby was our 14-year-old Irish terrier who spent her life in our house, watched our kids grow into amazing adults, stood by us when we each […]
WINTER TREES BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS All the complicated details of the attiring and the disattiring are completed! A liquid moon moves gently among the long branches. Thus having prepared their buds against a sure winter the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold. poem courtesy of The Poetry Foundation, poetryfoundation.org photo by KCMickelson […]
Once we admitted that we couldn’t stay at the Pacific Coast forever, we headed back to Minnesota. There was plenty to see along the way: We weren’t quite done, though. We had one more national park to visit before we landed back on our own doorstep. Next week: The […]
It happens to me every year: my attention is drawn outside and I never want to come back in. Here are a few reasons why: Happy Monday. May you have flowers, flowers, and more flowers.
I love the Winter Solstice. The short day and long night is just right for being cozy, for cooking, reading, writing, wrapping gifts, snuggling. The little kid in me hopes for snow. When my daughter Abby was little, she used to watch a show called Little Bear. Little Bear had a winter solstice episode that […]
It was dismaying this morning to wake up to 38 degrees. Not as dismaying as waking up to wet snow, like the people in Michigan’s UP did, but not what we want in May. Not at all. May is one of those transition months here in Minnesota. Things are beginning to flower, but there is […]
Live from the AWP bookfair! Minneapolis is abuzz with bookish sorts and it is exhilarating. I’m sitting at a table where I can snag free wifi, my bag already loaded with books at 11 a.m. A poet is reading off to my left. A magazine publisher is meeting with another writer to my right. I’ve […]
Sunday morning fog.