:: Ten Things ::

Ten things.  Right now. 1.  my daughter's violin lesson...Vivaldi's Spring...the melody, the harmony...the joy 2.  sunshine on my desk 3.  the pup lying by my feet 4.  feeling thirsty...need water 5.  books, papers on my desk...a bit of a mess 6.  clouds in the sky...the bare branches of the birches against the sky...the hint of [...]

Somewhat Exhausted

I don’t know how to do this the way everyone else seems to be doing it, and if you and I were sitting together chatting, imagine me using air quotes around that word everyone because I know it’s not everyone (you should insert those air quotes again) but it often feels that way and I’ve [...]

It Begins with Tea

Words of now. (no editing)     Tea. Honey. Lemon. An almost-sore throat. Hint. Idea. Trouble. No worry. Today. Just one. Friend. Coffee. Store. Food. Luxury. Car. Highway. Home. Family. Love. Kindness. Understanding. Misunderstanding. Foundation. Exploration. Support. Love (again) (more, please). Always. Forever. Sometimes. Okay. How do you do? Fine. Not fine. Better. Best. Okay. [...]

Something New

I'm working on something new right now. While I love leading my online classes (I'll have a new run of Just Five Things for you soon...next one is in April), I've been curious about bringing things into real time. In a few weeks, I'll have just that opportunity. As a homeschooling parent, I feel fortunate [...]

Some Things I Love

  The way the pup curls up in her bed so that, at a quick glance, I can’t tell where her feet or head begin or end. The way the washing machine swishes and swirls, makes our clothes-towels-sheets clean, just like that. The way mornings are quiet.  The way yoga feels like coming home. The [...]

It Begins with Zinnias

Words of now.  (no editing)     Zinnias. Evening.  Sunshine.  Shadows. Rose tea.  Birches.  Green grass. Lavender.  Hum.  Summer. Tired.  Long.  Questions (always).  Sisters. Mother.  Father.  Children. Grandparents.  Questions (again).  Preparing.  Waiting. Wondering.  Dancing.  Sitting. Waiting (still).  Trying.  Whispers. Laughter.  Fingers.  Rings. Love.  Circles.  Holding. Safety.  Home.  Surprise. Edges.  Insides.  Intersection. Happy.  Neutral.  Expanding. Contracting.  Sifting.  Belief. Faith.  Grace.  All. Everything.  Nothing.  Something. Careful.  Respect.  Welcome. Reconciled.  Here.  Hello. Curious.  Them.  Us. Together.  One.   [...]

I Just Want to Say Thank You

I'm finishing up a summer round of Just Five Things.  As is often the case, I have mixed feelings when a course comes to a close.  On the one hand, I'd love to keep going because the work with my students is so, so good (they are amazing).  On the other hand, I'm ready to [...]

It Begins with Hum

Words of now.  In all honesty.  (no editing)   Hum. Air conditioning. Bare feet. Granite. Sniffles (hers). Sunshine. Green (so much green). Uncertainty. (too full) Belly. Muscles. Pencil. Eraser. Phone. Planner. Drawing (hers). Keys. Birdsong. Chair. Dishes (thankfully, clean). Questions (pretty much always). Wondering. Quiet.  Journal. Notes. Ideas. Dreams. (more) Questions. Hope. Goodness. Kindness. Friendship. Guidance. Hearts. Twinkle lights. [...]

:: Ten Things :: {and Marie Howe}

One of my go-to writing practices is that of listing ten things that I notice in a particular moment, in a right now.  It’s a wonderful way to slow down and bring myself into the present.  It’s a way to get words from my heart onto the paper when streams of sentences feel too hard [...]