Feeding the Lions

1. Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo; how about you, you, you; you can come too, too, too . . .  Even as a child I didn’t like zoos—all those captured and caged animals—but I’m doing what a mother does and taking my kids to the zoo, zoo, zoo with my sisters and brother-in-law and their … Continue reading

Teardrops and Rainbows

For my aunt Nat: They say that pictures are worth a thousand words. Here you get both: Tyler Lausten’s photos illustrating (almost) a thousand words.  In the mountains of southwestern Colorado, a “lake” mirrors Lake Tahoe as my grandkids cast bobbers and lures and spinners and worms into reservoir waters, over and over again, getting … Continue reading

Life Matters

Despite a commitment to self, I have failed to write intended blog posts over the past many months, distracted by finishing a thesis for an MFA, and then finishing a draft of the book the thesis has become. That manuscript now with several readers (THANK YOU!!!), I have spare writing time. But that is not … Continue reading

Rainbow Elk

Today I get a disheartening rejection. This is nothing new for a writer—at least not for this writer—but that’s beside the point. Today’s rejection hurt. So I did what any other rejected writer might do under the circumstances: laundry. Bending to the machine to lift out wet Wranglers, I saw through the window a large … Continue reading