A Little Reminder

Hello, hello. I'm just popping in today to remind you that the next round of Just Five Things begins this coming Monday (September 7). Working within the structure of handwritten lists, we'll explore prompts that center on resetting-recharging-redirecting.  It's a good time of year (especially this year) to explore such prompts, yes? As always, this [...]

Making Lists

Years ago, I figured out that I could write about life in simple lists. Not only for noting to-dos, lists can explore feelings, challenges, emotions, ideas, dreams, happenings, moments. On the days when I want to get something down but writing too many words feels like…well, too many words...I turn to lists.  I know from [...]

Two Roses…and Sun…and Singing Birds

What I want to tell you is that some days feel like all the rest.  But that’s not always the case.  Some days are extra-ordinary, even now (especially now?). What I want to tell you is that I almost cancelled my recent run of Just Five Things.  But I didn’t.  And I’m glad. The participants were [...]

Somewhere Between Peace and Brokenness

I am resting standing sitting sleeping holding being somewhere between peaceful and heartbroken in these days which are terribly different in some ways and not as much in others, but still…different and strange and odd and weird and it’s hard to wrap my mind around everything, it’s hard to stay on top of things without falling [...]

:: Ten Things ::

Ten things.  Right now.  second cup of coffee…bitter, sweet, warm  quiet music  a grey sky outside my window  my daughter working quietly on her schoolwork in the dining room  my fuzzy sweater, my slippers…comfort  the glorious space on my (now clean) desk  the whole day just waiting for me  motherhood…always with me, always a part [...]

:: Ten Things ::

Ten Things.  Right Now. 1.  the steam curling off my chamomile tea 2.  the full heart after coming in from a walk with my daughter and pup 3.  the messy piles on my desk (sigh) 4.  the shadows falling across the yard, the sun low in the sky 5.  the sweater, so fuzzy and warm [...]

:: Ten Things ::

Ten things.  Right now. 1.  the last hydrangea, clipped and brought indoors 2.  the birch leaves lying on the grass, the patio...autumn is coming, and I'm glad 3.  the pup, lying at my feet 4.  watching a leaf falling from the tree, floating...such a gentle release 5.  a sparrow at the feeder...the birds are happy [...]

Naming (and Claiming) Your World

I read the following passage the other morning, as I was sipping my coffee, the morning light slowly rising.  It struck a chord. Reading and writing one’s world is a way of claiming one’s personhood. …to name your world is to claim your world. …In a real sense, your impulse to write lyric poetry can also [...]

The Fullness of Everything and Nothing

It’s been a full week as so many of them are and it’s often the case that full does not equal bad but just equals full, no more and no less, and there are things that need doing, both good and less-good, but this week it’s been mostly good although I’m missing my son terribly [...]

What’s In Store

Ah, September.  In some ways, I’m ready for you.  In other ways, not so much.  But mostly, yes okay, let’s do this. Did you enjoy following along with A Tiny Bit of Quiet over the summer months?  I hope so. I loved putting that series together and received lots of positive feedback.  I’m already thinking about when [...]