New Island

Mother’s Day is approaching, and once again I am reminded of the incredible blessing of children. Children energize me and sustain me. In this poem, my children save me from becoming a crumbling mountain of exhaustion to something like a volcano of energy. They help me form the new island of myself. I think many … More New Island


Four-year old Flowergirl broke the plaster paw print casting that eight-year old Sunboy made at his camp session at the natural history museum. Yesterday he excitedly told us he would be making the paw print, and today he was pretty upset when it broke. “We’ll fix it if we can,” we reassured him. I couldn’t … More Connected

The home of my heart

I traveled recently, and of course I missed my family terribly. These precious people are so many things. They are their own individual manifestations of life. They are touchstones for the love I feel for them. They collaborate with me in the ongoing expression and evolution of our mutual love. When we are apart, they … More The home of my heart

Light in the distance

Since we don’t watch television, we sometimes spend a few moments before Sunboy’s bedtime showing him diverse cultural touchstones. We’ve learned how a variety of items are made, both artisan and industrial. We’ve listened to Steven Hawking talk about the potential for life on other planets. We’ve watched cartoons from my childhood, including Pink Panther … More Light in the distance


Two dolls wrestled in Sundoy’s hands. “The dollhouse is not a contact sport,” I said to him as he dropped the dolls down through two floors. He stacked the toilet on top of the dining room table. “What’s for dinner?” he asked as he fell over laughing. “This isn’t Skylanders vying for control of the … More Dollhouse


We didn’t send Christmas cards this year, but here’s what our card insert might have said… Overall, 2013 was a terrible year, but we cleared the dark corners, accepted some things we’d rather avoid and found a new place. We both changed jobs. I finished writing my poetry book and became a regular contributor to … More 2013