you don"t need to save the crystal for a special day, even water tastes better in a "Fancy Glass"

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of quite a year

The sun comes up
On this last day of a year of challenges 
Lessons learned
Tears shed 
Hugs given and received
And love sustaining
Through it all

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Small but satisfying

Rich strong and satisfying 
Especially the whipped cream 
Even small things can really be 
A tonic for tired souls 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Demons small and large

Be GONE demons of doubt and depression.
You have no sway here.
We will keep on keeping on and find our smiles along the way.
The support of friends, family and the community are stronger than your scary self.
I will channel my inner "sasha fierce" and keep up the good fight.

Monday, November 25, 2013


I'm not sure if it's a function of age
Or a reflection of the last few difficult years
But I find myself looking back a lot
Seemingly simpler times
More time for self, friends, family, reflection.
I think in order to move things forward, I'm going to need to set my sights more firmly in the future
Of course that doesn't mean any change to my retro style
Just need to put aside retro thinking

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Mt Difficulty

What a week it has been. 
Deep downs 
High hills to climb 
Disappointing and difficult
And sometimes delicious 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Old stories old friends

Sometimes the old stories
Like old friends 
Are the best, the most comfortable
The most relaxing
To come home to. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

surprising source

Sanity and sustaining strength
flowing from grand gifts
and new friends
Family to care for us
at each  bend in the stream
until we arrive to gorgeous dark
and dreamy skies.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


It's a work day
Really can't complain! 
Selling BBQ in this place 
Is quite the combination 
Of work and not 

Friday, September 13, 2013

life is delicious

Sometimes the most difficult days and seasons
end in the most delicious ways.
Perfect bites and reflections.
New friends and opportunities.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Evening Glow

 The summer is winding down
still hot but the evening cool glow
makes me know that change is in the air.

We have so much to do.
Thank goodness fall energy is
flowing back to me!

I feel more motivated with each
lovely transitional Sunset.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

chin up!

Trying hard to not be discouraged.
But also feeling a bit down in the mouth.
Lots to do. and Hopefully some things will break our way soon.
until then. Keeping on!

Monday, September 02, 2013


Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith.
Sometimes you have to grab a vine and swing from tree to tree.
Sometimes the only way from here to there is by doing something unexpected.
Time to hang on and see where we go to next. 

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Dog Days

It's hot.
We are really feeling it.
And there is not much else to say...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I can go here in my mind any time and visit
with my husband, my grandmother, my mother, my own childhood,
the seagulls and shells, and my wild spirit.
Cares and worries wash out to sea.
And quite thoughts and dreams come and visit.
I let them join me on my beach blanket, and we
have a peaceful conversation.
 Each memory a treasure, each new chance a revelation.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ready to Write it Out

There are all kinds of words
bumping into each other and swirling around in my brain.
I feel something is dropping into place though
and they are almost ready to come out
almost ready to line up
in straight rows and outlines
and make some damn sense
not quite ready but almost.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Not always what you think...

Sometimes the best way to move forward
is to stop, close your eyes
and nap a bit. To Recharge and
Perchance to dream.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Losing your way

Sometimes I just want to get lost 
in my thoughts
in the woods
in the big wide world. 
Being lost and then getting found.
Very satisfying.

Monday, July 22, 2013

time speeding by

So much happens in a year.
Lives change. Beginnings and endings.
The world looks different than this time one year ago.
Things were put in motion that are vibrating, shaking and grinding
into my life now.
I am pausing to wonder what it will all look like
another year from now.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

making up your mind

 Choose a path.
Point your nose in that direction
and go. 
You won't know about the journey or the destination
until you leave and head off 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sketches of a Plan

It's important to take time to do something I love
to create to share and to refuel.
I am going to see my way through
all of this chaos and confusion.
One small moment at a time.
Sketching out a plan, filling in the details.
Learning and growing on the way.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Crystal but Not Yet Clear

The view is not especially clear
but I can see some things I like.
It is going to be hard to line it up, and make it work
But I feel like it would be worth it.
Finally to make things make sense
and make them sustainable.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Lily Year

If the first year is paper, and the 5th year is wood,
then the 16th year is memories of jars of star gazer lilies
intoxicating smells welcoming me home, and
soft shadows of green trees on the wall and winter walks with hot wine.
And wishing wells full of the coins of future dreams,
all in a rich velvet album in my mind.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The View

Sometimes, you have to just sit back and feel the wow of it all
the days might be hard and a bit long
and the struggle is not always satisfying
but the view from this life
is amazing in big ways
and in small ones too.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Moments of Waiting

Sometimes I just feel like
I am waiting
for something to happen.
And I am not sure what I expect it to be.
But I try to enjoy the sunshine
while I wait. 

Monday, May 06, 2013

Tug of War

The pull between
the possible and the practical is a constant
in my life these last 4 months.
What Can I do? What Must I do? What do I Want to do.
These questions push and pull at eachother
every day. And most nights too.

Monday, April 29, 2013


Sometimes we are just
extremely skeptical
about how it will
all turn out.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Down to the Lace and Fried Foods

I love watching an event come together
and then feeling the buzz in a room full
of enjoyment.
Sometimes it is my own show
and sometimes someone else's
but my pride and enjoyment
are strong just the same.
Last night was fun,
and filled with good people
taking on a huge task
and doing it to perfection.
Including lace curtains, checkered cloths
and perfectly fried fish and chips.
God Save the Queen.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Impossible Spring Planning

The weather is so changeable
Hot and sunny one day- cold and grey the next
it makes it hard to plan
event to choose an outfit for the day.
Put away the blankets and sweaters or no?
New projects moving in fits and starts.
While we wait for the spring storms to clear
and things to make more sense.
It is all a metaphor, of course.
These days what isn't?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pushing Piles of Paper

Instead of pushing piles of paper around,
and carrying them from work to home to work again.
Today, thankfully, I have a cheerful helper.
Sorted, stashing, and smiling her way
through my mess!
The smiling is the BEST part!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Closer Look

Sometimes you have to look closely
to find the beauty and the peace.
Sadness today in Boston.
Stressful life anyway.
But still there was Cheshire cat moon
peeking from amid the cherry blossoms last evening.
And remembering simple things
like that can make a difference.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fragile Moods

 It does not take much.
Some flowers and sunshine
on the porch, to lighten the load.
Good small reminders
that roots are long, flowers are to
be stopped and sniffed at.
and that the seasons turn and
things do not remain either as good or as bad
as they might be today.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Soul Sunshine

I need a deep soak in some soul sunshine
sticky joy for repairs and sticking together the broken parts.
I need quiet and time and calm moments with
no expectations and no legal tender.
Just a sunny patch of peace and maybe even a little prosperity.
Ending months of stress and disappointment.
But seems like it is not yet to be.
Just need to grab little bits of beauty where I find them
And keep my strength up.

Friday, April 05, 2013

sunshine makes all the difference

The weather is everything sometimes.
not much has changed, but today
the sun helped
bake a little joy into
the mix

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

One Armed Woman

It's like not being able to connect the dots or finish a sentence
relying as I do on my help in this foreign place.
after 16 years. I can write my name.
And I can understand what is going on.
But I can't talk about it.
And I get less and less done.
beyond frustrated.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Global Nomads

We call ourselves, and revel when we can
in being global nomads.
Open to the world.
For now just in dreams and wishes and fantasies.
But it is a small bright light.
Knowing that we will roam again.
And see amazing things.
Or just sit, and watch and drink
strong tea. And smile at people.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Gambatte =
Keep a stiff upper lip.
What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger.
Soldier on.
If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
Get back on the horse.
And so it goes.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Uphill, both ways...

I am trying, honestly.
But it needs to get a wee bit easier.
(just a little bit easier - would help a lot)

Saturday, March 16, 2013


We all learn from playing
and meeting
and talking
and then playing some more.
Some of our teachers are bigger, older, wiser.
Some are smaller, younger and they remind us to be silly.
Best path is to be open to all of it.

Friday, March 08, 2013


Thank goodness for deep roots.
Across countries and oceans,
miles and years, friends and their friends.
I am so supported, and my drive and desire
is to support others as soon as I am able.
One leaf and branch and planter at a time.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Strange is in the eye of the beholder

Some days I don't event notice
Some days life just looks a little strange
where ever I gaze.
Something is just a bit odd about
my life here.
Even in the best of times.
Which this certainly is not.

Sunday, March 03, 2013


It is not warm enough yet.
But that does not stop me from wishing it were so.
Getting ready 
for what I hope is a much 
much much
better spring. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Seems like just yesterday

I'm amazed that some things seem like they both
were just yesterday and
also seem to be ages ago.
Time is not so fixed and concrete
as it seems that it should be.
the last 16 years
in a heartbeat.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Soaking in Some Sun

Important to stop and notice
that the sun is shining
and it warms up our bones
our ideas
our dreams.
Winter doesn't last forever.
And I notice that the sun feels warmer
when it is cold outside.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Please, be mine.

Oh, dear life,
Please be my valentine.
Let's kiss and make up.
Enough of this sadness and fighting.
Instead we can have big, sweet, sticky
times together again.
(With powdered sugar)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's All Relative

There are tough jobs
and trying days
and stress.
But then there is what this guy
has to deal with everyday.
Important to
keep perspective.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wishing it were so...

Wishing that all the parts
of my work
could be as fun as planning
cool stuff with
other people.

Friday, February 08, 2013


What I need now are the cleanest
most simple solutions.
With little drama, and even less
Just like a cold clear
winter day.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Plans and Lists and more Plans

Lists and plans
going in many directions
planning and fixing and doing and changing
and mostly
working and hoping.
New direction needed.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Exercising Demons

My Demons. 
The repeat factor of dealing with the same stresses
over and over again.
The same things I am not good at.
Keep coming back to bite me in the butt.
Time to break the chain.

Monday, February 04, 2013


It is all a matter of
hurly burly swirly vertigo-inspiring
Walking a tightrope wire of
choices and ideas.
What comes first?
What comes last? 
And where do all the in between roads go?