At home with “Frost”

March 23, 2014


It snowed again today. Again. Hello March 22nd. Sorry, Spring…your brother Winter is a jerkface. It’s appropriate then that a new connection sent me a quote by Robert Frost. Synchronicity, huh? “What I am pointing out is that unless you are at home in the metaphor, unless you have had your proper poetical education in […]

Posted in: random musings

The problem with poetry…

March 21, 2014


Last week I was fortunate to have an essay I’d written picked up and published at Art House America’s blog. This week I had the opportunity to do a Q & A with poet, Scott Cairns for Image Journal’s Good Letters blog. This morning as I drove through the alley that takes me to and from […]

fotos: it’s the sky…

March 12, 2014


When I stop to snap a photo on my phone, nine times out of ten it’s the sky. It draws me in from the park bench or the back deck, from behind the wheel at a stop light…there it is, constant as it is changing.

Posted in: fotos


March 3, 2014


Essayists, like poets, are born and not made, and for one worth remembering, the world is confronted with a hundred not worth reading. Your true essayist is, in a literary sense, the friend of everybody. William Ernest Henley I can’t say for sure that I was born an essayist yet I sincerely hope one day […]


March 2, 2014


Originally posted on Nearly Orthodox:
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. -Matthew 6:14-15 In the Orthodox tradition Lent begins like wading into water. We spend time transitioning from where we’ve been…

Posted in: Ordinary Time

The Lemon Tree…

February 24, 2014


I make no secret of my habitual killing of all manner of plant. This winter alone I managed to kill most everything that grew in happy abundance last spring, summer and fall on my decks. It was an embarrassment of fecundity last year. I tried to winter a few things inside but the house has […]

Bigger than…

February 20, 2014



Originally posted on Nearly Orthodox:
Miles is a whirlwind, a hurricane human. In our small dining room I coach him constantly to lower his voice. I assure him he can still make his point, still get the floor with all of us sitting there. In the dining room he sits in the back corner of…

Posted in: Ordinary Time

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