Journal

Cat Person

It’s not so much that I’m not a cat personMore like cats are not Nerissa people.  All I wanted when I was fiveWas a pink-nosed kitten,Round blue eyes, milky breath,Needly…

Journal

The Co-Ordinates of One’s Address Depend on Which Alphabet One Uses

Given that Italian has a consonant/vowel ratio Of nearly four to one, it’s clear whyMost singers prefer Verde to Schubert.Which would you rather sing, O mia babbino caroOr Mein Sohn, was birgst du…

Journal

Kaleidoscope

Sir David Brewster invented it by accidentAn instrument with mirrors at polar endsAngling the glass against the lightKalos, beautifulEodos, shapeScopeo, to look at The Romans cancelled the Greeks’ KappaReplaced it…

Journal

Trash Day, Post-Halloween

This image has nothing to do with my post, but the cat insisted I needed to make it the featured image, and it’s a lot bigger than I am. If this is your cat, and you are mad at me for taking its picture, I will come to your house with cookies as an apology.

Journal

Poems as Secular Prayers

I always begin a writing session by reading a poem aloud. Like a prayer, a poem can connect me to myself, and to something deeper than myself, with spirit-imbued words….

Journal

Fall Equinox, COVID, and My Broken Suitcase

In which I discuss my big feelings.

Journal

Falcon Ridge and the Return of Hope

Have you ever had just one good day, the kind of day when you might even be foolish enough to hope for a brighter future than the one from which…

Journal

Revision and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

Little Women Blog Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (2019) is a master lesson on the art of revision and narrative structure. As I watched it for the second (or maybe third) time, I…

Journal

Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

Leapfrog

At the pediatrician’s, I’m trying to count the fish swimming in the aquarium. I think there are eight. There are a lot of impediments to counting, including a plastic statue…