Flashback: a Promise, Left on a Park Bench in the Frost

As I write these words, Winter is having its last gasp.  Fat white flakes swirl, caught in the golden cones streaming from the streetlights.  Once again — when we’re all hungering so fiercely for Spring — the world erases itself into white. And yet:  Winter cannot last. If you’re finding that hard to believe today, please know that I dug […]

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 […]