A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: July 10

A quiet journaling series.  Read here to learn more about following along from June 19 – August 28. Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothingin common with and still be fascinated by their presence.~ David Byrne ~   Perhaps now, more than ever, these are words to [...]

A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: July 3

A quiet journaling series.  Read here to learn more about following along from June 19 – August 28. If you’re not changing, you’re not growing; you’re not being present.Change is essential.~ Maggie Rogers ~   Sometimes change is exciting, welcome, invigorating.  Sometimes change is uncomfortable, scary, anxiety-inducing.  Sometimes it’s a mix of all of that.  [...]

A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: June 26

A quiet journaling series.  Read here to learn more about following along from June 19 - August 28.   Your true home is in the here and now.~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~   I know the current now is pretty uncomfortable for many reasons…some that are unsettling and uncertain, some that are deep and raw [...]

A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: June 19

A quiet journaling series.  Read here to learn more about following along from June 19 - August 28. My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. ~ Desmond Tutu ~   * in honor of Juneteenth * in honor of lives lost * in honor of all those treated [...]

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 [...]

What Are You Waiting For?

Are you waiting for something better than perfectly salted crackers at four o’clock in the afternoon? Are you waiting for something better than hot water pouring down your body and maybe the scent of lavender rising with the steam? Are you waiting for something better than your teenage kids playing Xbox in the basement, the [...]

Twenty Things to Listen for on Any (Pandemic) Day

Twenty things to listen for: the conversation between wind and unfurled leaves the whistle of tea kettle the click of spoon as you stir in sugar, milk the good mornings spoken, the good nights too the happy grunt of furry loved one as you scratch a favorite spot the opening and closing of front door [...]

:: Dear Thursday ::

Dear Thursday, Thank you for your rain.  There's been rain here and there, plenty of clouds.  But I've been longing for a good, solid, rainy day.  You were that.  Thank you for beginning with hot tea.  For the banana.  For the yin yoga that followed.  When I walked into my bedroom to practice, the soft [...]

There Are Poems in This Pandemic

The poem starts here.With a cup of tea, quick, because I want to be out the door and arriving at the store just as it opens.  Won’t it be cleaner then, freshly disinfected?  Won’t there be fewer people with whom to keep a six-foot distance?  I hope. The poem starts here.As I approach the store entrance and slide [...]

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 [...]