Sunday, April 29, 2012

Such a Morning!

Lake Chautauqua, NY
29 April 2012

Such a morning!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012


A few days before Monday's 
surprise snow
we were dive-bombed
on our porch
by five or six of these 

They seemed more moth
than butterfly

similar to Monarch
but not quite
similar to Viceroy
but not quite

anyone know what it is?

Something is sprouting here -
I can't remember what -
but love the surprise
and the energy
of these tenacious purple sprouts.

Any guesses
what plant this might be?

Speaking of strangers
(the moth and the sprouts)
a favorite literary convention
of mine is
a stranger comes to town.

Just writing that phrase
gets my brain

Do you have a favorite
stranger comes to town 

I will quit
asking you


Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Snow

Last week
in shorts and tee shirt
I was digging in the garden

This morning
the snow began

and it snowed and snowed
all day long

and is still snowing now

like the white pages
of a manuscript:

a few pages at first
and then more
and more

it is so thick and deep
you could get


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Small World

Sharon Creech, Walter Creech
Southport, NC

A couple weeks ago at an arts' festival in Southport, NC,
my husband and I wandered into this booth
and discovered that the artist's name is
Walter Creech.

More of his art is here:

We're probably related
in a distant way
to a slew of Scottish brothers
who settled in America.

Funny old small world.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Books, Books, Books

Books books books
I'm so greedy for books

Today's arrivals
nutrition for the month
lined up
on the kitchen counter



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Morning Has Broken

I love that Cat Stevens' song
"Morning Has Broken"

morning: with all its promise
like the beginning of a story

all that world
ready to wake up

so much world
so much


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sunset and Home

Home last night
after three months away
in time to see the sunset

like the ending of a good book
pulling all the colors together
in one final, enveloping display

you say


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Decorated Envelopes

I love receiving decorated/illustrated envelopes.

Young readers are generous with theirs:

I'm going to start a collection of these.

Meanwhile - here is a note added to one envelope
that makes me smile smile smile:

(If you don't understand the reference, ask someone over 30.)


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Key to the Book Bracelet

Below is the 'key' to the bracelet of book-related charms:

Moving along the bracelet from left to right:

red bird = Chasing Redbird
soup pot = Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
sailboat = The Wanderer
Homer & The Odyssey  = Absolutely Normal Chaos
dog = Love That Dog
theater masks = Replay
music staff = The Recital
gun = Nickel Malley
pigeon = The Unfinished Angel
fish with rod = Fishing in the Air
cat = Hate That Cat
apple = Heartbeat
castle = The Castle Corona
red gemstone = Ruby Holler
moccasin = Walk Two Moons
cowboy hat = Pleasing the Ghost
baby cup = Who's That Baby
blackbirds on tree = The Great Unexpected
stack of books = A Fine, Fine School
St. Moritz, Switzerland,  charm = Bloomability

There! I think that's it!