Veteran’s Lament

Veteran’s Lament

Angular man with guitarNo longer gazes at the stars.  Fingers pluck with eyelids closedMuscles tense—               No chance for repose.  White hair like a mountaintopChanneling chords of...
QUICHOTTE, DON QUIXOTE and Me

QUICHOTTE, DON QUIXOTE and Me

“The death of Don Quixote felt like the extinction in all of us of a special kind of beautiful foolishness, an innocent grandeur, a thing for which the world had no place, but which one might call humanity.” Quichotte by Salman Rushdie is a delightful modern retelling...
The Beneficial Curse

The Beneficial Curse

My husband, Jack Wade, was raised by a brood of women made up of his mother and his father’s sisters: Agnes, Melva, Genevieve and Sandy— an outcome of his father’s death when Jack was three. Wade males died young; it was the family history. His mother constantly...
Snow Queen

Snow Queen

This picture sits in the window above my writing desk, displayed in a glass frame of pressed wildflowers— my favorite. I love this little girl whose white blonde hair makes me think of Ice Palaces, Snow Queens and Magic. Her full-wattage smile— a celebration of how...