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Building A Soundtrack for 2024

(Imagine music playing in the background…)

The Echo on the counter flashes blue when I speak a request to Alexa. Her soothing voice responds and in less than a minute, Classic vinyl on Sirius spools into the heated kitchen. I hum along as I knead the dough for Grandma Jenny’s specialty pastries or poke cabbage leaves into thumbprint rolls filled with ground beef and pork, a New Year’s tradition. Later, I sort through the collection of holiday CDs, play them all in batches, find the memory hidden in each song. Then, while the dough rises and the rolls simmer in their sauerkraut bath, I sing along, unmindful of my off-key notes. Music wraps its magic arm around my heart and carries […]

December 31st, 2023|Blog|

As the Old Year Ends

As the Old Year Ends

When the cold of December knocks

the warmth from my skin, and the trees

turn burnt umber and the fields cease

their bright  goldenrod grins, I grease

trays with butter, trim the mantel,

light the fire, and dance to the beat

of my heart’s keen desire: that peace

comes dripping, an icicle flow,

that joy, like an echo, will follow

and grow, that anger will mellow

in the fire’s red holiday glow,

and that all who abide, hurting,

will find someone’s warm hand to hold.

While the new pastries are baking

and there’s no fresh white falling snow,

I turn up the volume and sway

to and fro, a lone bright candle

wish-dancing at the cold year’s end.

November 30th, 2023|Blog|

Only the Good

The Autumn Blaze maple in the backyard spreads its glory across the wildflower garden for most of the month of October. While the vegetable and wildflower beds have withered and the tree withdraws into its winter coma, I am blessed with beauty at every turn. Then the rain comes, and the leaves scatter across the grass, laying down a layer of compost for next year. I savor the splendor of a season well-lived, of plans made and revised, of goals reached and not reached. My life in this quiet place is tied to the land and the turning of the year.

Back inside, I turn on the television and that sense of well-being and goodness crumbles under the onslaught of breaking […]

October 31st, 2023|Blog|

Of Traveling and Time

Going on any trip is time traveling. Think about it. The car, train, plane, or bus speeds through time, carrying us forward into the future or backward into the past. Our trip to the British Isles brought this home more abruptly than ever as we journeyed from London in the now to Straford-On-Avon and into William Shakespeare’s childhood home. Our odyssey took us to Glasgow, Edinborough, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff, treading the stones of past history and ongoing political endeavors. We ended the tour at Bath, where the Roman ruins there still speak to the world, and visited Stonehenge on the afternoon of the autumn equinox. I’m still lost in time and space…




October 2nd, 2023|Blog|

September and the Relentless March of Time

September always makes me think about Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves setting off on an adventure, his furry hobbit feet and their sturdy dwarf ones whispering through the long grasses of the fields bordering the Shire. Perhaps it’s because the prairie beyond our home waves at me each morning, the hummingbirds come to feed, and the app on my phone records the slowly departing birdsong that has sustained me throughout the lovely summer days. There is a hint of mystery in the lessening of daylight, the gradual decline of growing things, as though a mage has passed a wand and sent us into tomorrow.

I’ve been reading widely this summer, revisiting favorite authors like Sarah J. Maas and trying new ones […]

August 31st, 2023|Blog|

August Reverie

This is my August reverie…

There is never a perfect time to ponder one’s direction in life. After all, those chores won’t do themselves. The workload won’t ease up. The needs, wants, demands, and fears of the world conspire to pull us from contemplation into action.

But on a hot summer night when the sky glows with sunset smiles and the fireflies ease from their day nests to grace the darkness and the bullfrog on the edge of the pond announces his dominance, I find a way to slough off the cares of the world, to ignore the smoke of Canada’s wildfires writhing down the hill to layer the prairie in warning. I quiet the […]

July 31st, 2023|Blog|
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