Category Archives: nature

photo-inspired poetry

Nature and beauty inspire me.  This recent photograph, used by permission of the photographer, spoke to me.  I hope you like what it said.   Night Sky Comfort   The velvet cloak wrapped me in its embrace, a hug like … Continue reading

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Red sky at the cabin in my head…

The town in which I live is characterized by having many trees, both hardwood and pine.  As a result my previous and current residences lack an expansive view of the sky.  It seems that wherever I’ve lived, I’ve always wanted … Continue reading

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Gardening fantasies…

I love the thought of gardening.  I love experiencing a beautiful oasis.  I love working the soil with my hands.  My reality…I’m garden poor.  My fantasies are writing checks that my truth can’t cash.  Yes, I live in a condo … Continue reading

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Peace and quiet among the wax begonias.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau Kudos to one of our important American writers for being succinct; he also of the phrase, “simplify, simplify.”   Even back in the 19th century, Thoreau … Continue reading

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And now…

(cue the Monty Python music) for something completely different.  Thought I’d throw one of these out there.  It’s an older effort, penned after riding home on the school bus from a tennis match.  While the players were doing their teenage … Continue reading

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Cowboy dreams…

From the time I was a small child, I’ve loved horses and all things Western.  I’m not sure how it happened but I think my love of reading is partly responsible.  Television reinforced what I read. I was a busy … Continue reading

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Summer’s swan song

My last day at the lake for the summer is always bittersweet.  I’m so thankful for the ability to rent there for the whole summer and grateful for the time I’m able to spend there.  However, it also means my … Continue reading

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What songs are on your music device?

The main character in my novel, The Quarry’s Child, Meg Riley, has eclectic tastes in music.  Her iPod, iPhone and iPad contain a wide variety of tunes.  As a child of the 1970s, Meg’s musical foundation lies in Classic Rock.  … Continue reading

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The moon: super, full, new, blue or otherwise…

 As a teenager I decorated my bedroom with posters.  I had two favorites:  one of Stan Smith in mid-serve, the other a picture of the moon behind some clouds with a quote superimposed.  I’d stare for periods of time at … Continue reading

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