Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I live on the flight path of migrating geese and I don't understand their migration patterns. Here, at the end of summer, they are headed north, not south. Granted, they seem a bit out of control, veering first left then right, then who knows, calling to each other in some personal duck language. But I feel blessed to share in a small part of their journey and imagine for a moment what it would feel like to just take flight.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Washing the breakfast dishes, she stares out the kitchen window, searches the yard for the dog, finds her gnawing on a bone so large it's hard to picture what it might have been attached to. She's a farm dog, loves barking at the horses and digging for gophers in the flower bed when she's not chasing the small grey rabbit that lives under the metal storage shed. Hummingbirds have arrived, the most ever, darting around the feeder, then fleeing quickly back to the safety of the big oak tree. Life is not perfect, but its good. She's thankful and reminds herself to stay hopeful.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Recent Thrift Store Gem

Published in 1966, this story captures an era we must never forget. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them would be wrong in the violent world he has to confront. This book will break your heart but you'll be glad you read it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


The man across the aisle doesn't speak, doesn't allow his eyes to make contact with fellow travelers, focuses instead on a small silver chain, threading it through his fingers again and again.

Monday, August 22, 2011

No Limits

No limits on time, money, compassion, or dreams. It could happen!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

This Time

She touches his face, holds his hand, waits for the answering nod. She lights the fire under the kettle, places cups on the table, tea in the pot. Waiting for the whistle, she feels the silence in the room, the tension, fear, exhaustion. She understands she can't be sure but is also sure she's lost him for good this time.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


She touches his face, searches for signs of sorrow, then holds his hand and waits for the answering nod. She lights the fire under the kettle, places cups on the table, drops tea leaves in the pot, and waits for the whistle. She feels silence in the room: tension, fear, exhaustion; she understands she can't be sure, but is sure, she's lost him for good.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Picture Perfect

Perfectly alright, or not. Perfectly awful and frightening and intense. Her eyes closing, the floor moving beneath her feet, the morning sun through the kitchen window separating day from night. And all she wants to do is go back to bed and sleep a dreamless sleep.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


One way to live is to be part of
two which vanquishes loneliness unless there's
three which is just too many, yet
four is enough to play poker at
five when the sun begins setting and
six will be time for dinner

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Holding On

Suspended in space, above the moon, below the sun, the stars, above the fray, waiting for a sign to move her forward, toward one place, away from another. Holding on, holding her breath, holding her self.  Waiting, waiting, waiting.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Eye Catching

"More than five decades ago, a 21-year-old Elvis was caught on film giving a playful French kiss to a lovely--and unidentified--young woman. The photo became iconic; but even the photographer, Alfred Wertheimer, didn't know who the girl was. Her name, if not her image, remained unknown for years." Wendy Geller, Stop the Presses

In the late 50's, while visiting family in Dallas, one of my cousins told me that she was having an affair with Elvis. I didn't really believe her but it was a compelling tale complete with details of a dress he bought her, how she slipped out at night after everyone was asleep to be with him, and how he begged her to marry him. She even had a small handkerchief that she said he gave her. She is not the woman in this story but maybe she could have been, if the stars had been just right.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

There's No Place Like Your Own Bed

Even if the sheets aren't clean and the cat's been sleeping there for three days and it's too damn hot and there's nothing on television that you haven't already seen and there's dirty laundry in the floor and life's just generally a bitch. But it's your bed and you've made it, so just lie in it.

Friday, August 5, 2011


He goes to the place of his family, to sit in silence and think about their lives, their deaths, what he could have done to make a difference and why he did not. He weeps but he will never taste forgiveness in his tears.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Money, Money, Money

Not enough money to feed the hungry or heal the sick or educate the children or house the poor or provide clean drinking water or build adequate housing or protect the innocent. But always, always too damn much to end the wars.