My son, Quinn, 21, off alone with a backpack, left me voice mail…

My son, Quinn, 21, off alone with a backpack, left me voice-mail...

“Hi Mom…wanted to let you know I’m heading into Yosemite today…be out Thursday sometime… Call when I’m out. Love you…”

I feel so grateful he has come to love and appreciate the natural world, but there are days I wonder if I raised him to be a little to ruggedly independent…he’ll be fine-right!

Hopefully, he checked in with the ranger and gratefully, he usually waits to share sordid details until it’s way too late…like avalanches, cliff-diving adventures in Southern France…the kind of details I do appreciate learning about after the fact.

And now my own appreciation of the natural world is being recorded with my i-phone!

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Lake Michigan-Terry Andre Beach / Sunrise June 25, 2012

Lake Michigan-Terry Andre Beach / Sunrise June 25, 2012

My recent poem post came to me in the middle of the night, I got up, turned on the light, wrote it quickly in my journal, then promptly went back to sleep and forgot all about it. I don’t know where poetry is birthed from, or even what this poem means, but this week of my 52nd birthday has me thinking thoughts of birth and rebirth. Perhaps it will mean something to you.

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Lightening Round: How Flash Fiction Electrifies Writing

Attending and presenting at the Write by the Lake Conference last week with UW Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies, I took a fun and fabulous class with Angela Rydell on flash fiction. Here’s my 60 word, 60 second, short-short story: Bull-Headed Said I could. Hadn’t she? I scrawled my name, looked around, wrote hers under… Continue reading Lightening Round: How Flash Fiction Electrifies Writing

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Spanking Shakespeare: A Gross Great Read!

Spanking Shakespeare: A Gross Great Read!

Just finished listening to the audiobook of Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner. This is a fabulous YA novel, an excellent choice for “cool guys,” reluctant readers, or in my case, listeners. Several LOL moments, along with the grossest description of a runny nose ever put in print, but with enough poignant heartfelt humor that the scene and the entire book rises above any threats of crassness.

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YA Book Explores Strange-bedfellows: Spirituality and Homosexuality

Just finish reading Alex Sanchez’s YA novel called “The God Box.” A well-written, and in my opinion, important book that explores the intersection of spirituality and homosexuality. It is the story of a young man Paul/Pablo, coming to terms with, and finding the intersection between, his faith and his sexuality. In the end, after almost turning away… Continue reading YA Book Explores Strange-bedfellows: Spirituality and Homosexuality

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Getting Grounded

Broke my hand yesterday, rushing to yoga, so I could get grounded. It seems so apropos that I should begin my new blog now. I’ve already discovered that a broken hand is similar to my struggles with dyslexia. This gift has already slowed me down and I suspect when I start moving too fast in… Continue reading Getting Grounded

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