hopeful words for a dark world {on Easter Sunday} …

Today is Easter Sunday: celebration of new life, forgiveness and light. But. This world can be dark.  Dangerous.  Brutal. All week long, the violence tearing through this little planet of ours has been weighing heavily on my heart. So today, I thought I’d share a brief snatch of words giving me hope:    Courage, friends… […]

four paws, one cold wet nose, and twelve years of memories …

I don’t often talk in much detail here about my real, day-to-day life.  Today, though, I wanted to introduce you to a special guy whose path intersected with mine for a little while.   This is my fur-brother Eli — my parents’ sweet-tempered standard poodle — who crossed the rainbow bridge on Friday night: A few […]

defiance …

The birds come back first, though it’s seven degrees out. I watch them:  raucous, small-bodied rebels, singing in the trees.  Red-breasted balls of blue fluff, they wear their colors as a dare — an act of defiance against February’s gray. I watch them:  hopping.  Chattering.  They warble and catcall, leaving a complicated series of footprints on […]

Five Little Reminders for You, on Valentine’s Day

True story? For almost a decade now, I’ve slept with my body curled tight against my husband’s.  I’ve woken to his heartbeat, and shared in his dreams.  We have every reason to celebrate, but still:  I have some very mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. I don’t know why, but this year I’ve felt painfully aware of how the […]