Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Cloud Lifts

Sometimes you think you know
where you are 
in a story
but then
a cloud descends

and you're no longer sure:

Is this the right setting?
What's down there in that valley?
What is going to happen?
Why can't I see . . .?

You walk from one room
to the next
You wash a dish or two
and then

The cloud lifts!
It's a miracle.
You know where you are.
You know where you're going.

At least for the time being . . .


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Land of Bloomability and Unfinished Angel, continued

If you continue past the Herman Hesse museum
(see previous post)
you will come to a stone arch
that connects two buildings

a path leads you through the arch
and down a short slope

you round a curve
the trees part
and then
you see

You can hardly believe your eyes.

You have to sit there
on a red bench
breathe deeply.

Such a world!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Switzerland and Bloomability

I'm back in Switzerland
in the land of Bloomability
and The Unfinished Angel
coming and going
one foot here
one foot in the States
for the next two years.

Above photo is from one of my favorite walks
through the village of Montagnola
past the small Herman Hesse museum.

Below is a close-up of Hesse's typewriter
in that second-story window:

Something quite charming
about that black typewriter
with white paper
ready to be filled
. . .


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Black eyes and goosenecks . . .

I am a collector
of vases

and vases need


I suppose
I am also
a collector 
of flowers.

At night
against a darkened window

they appear
so elegant
so graceful.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Girl and Lamb

this happens:
a girl
and a lamb
and a cast-off gown
at the edge
of the woods.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

More Love That School . . .

So much depends

eager students

and asking

with such

and enthusiasm
and good cheer .  . . 

Thank you, 
Camden schools
for the 

Your Author

Friday, May 15, 2015

Love Those Schools, cont. . . .

One of the bonuses
of living in Maine
and visiting schools in Maine
is that the scenery
is always
and the people
are ultra-friendly.

recently I visited schools 
in Jonesport and Beals Island.

They've been studying The Wanderer
and have developed so many wonderful projects 
based on their year-long theme:
Navigating the Storm.

Science, health, literature, art, math, music
incorporating all disciplines:

Below are some of the art projects.
I wish I could have included photos
of all the other projects
but at some point
I put away my camera
and merely drooled.

(More photos at above link to Island Readers and Writers)

Tied into the above weaving
are individual scrolls
on which students had written
private messages about their own storms.

Above: flag and radio code

Left to right:
Ruth Feldman*, Principal Chris Crowley (Beals Island), Me,
Principal Dr. Debra Lay (Jonesport), and Jan Coates.*
(* = Directors, Island Readers and Writers)

Thank you all, for an inspiring visit!