“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!
You came back to me After all these years Dressed in nothing But the Dao So timeless This song you sing I see you now Standing before me Even in your naked nothingness So that all that I long for Is to be for you As the softness of water Is to the sea As… Continue reading Is That You, George Albert?
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.
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
This week I turn 52. Oh. My. God. Okay, it’s not totally ancient, but the scary thing is, I find myself wrestling with the same questions that haunted me at sixteen: who am I, and what the hell am I doing with my life? Only back then, my joints were suppler and I had no… Continue reading Baby Boomer Birthday: Surviving the Second Adolescence
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.
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
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