Happy 4th

I’m writing this on Monday night, and I just heard the news that 46 people—most likely migrants—were found dead in a trailer near San Antonio, Texas.  Last week, Roe v. Wade was overturned.  Last month, 19 children and 2 adults were shot to death in Uvalde, Texas, in yet another senseless example of unrestrained gun … Continue reading Happy 4th

A New Year Prayer for Healing Division

I first wrote and published this piece several years ago when Barack Obama was president and John Boehner was speaker of the house, and we were in the midst of a federal government shut-down.  It was a time of great anxiety, partisanship and divisiveness.  Things being what they are, I decided the beginning of this … Continue reading A New Year Prayer for Healing Division

November Musing

I hardly need to say this because we all know it, but hey, it’s been a weird couple of years.  This November I am grateful for family members and friends who have accompanied me on this journey.  But I also want to say I am so grateful for Writing, the actual activity, the practice of writing.  Writing has … Continue reading November Musing

Spirit Animals

Over this past year and a half of pandemic and lockdown, it was a blessing that so many of my family, friends, and acquaintances remained healthy and free of the virus.  No one I know (that I’m aware of) succumbed to COVID 19.  However, over the course of this past decade, I have lost four people whom … Continue reading Spirit Animals

Wait

I need new glasses. I’ve needed new glasses for several months now, but I didn’t want to go for a vision exam until after I was vaccinated.  I finally called to make an appointment in April, and the first opening they had was June 28th.  Obviously I was not the only one who had waited. The day … Continue reading Wait

Law of Gravity

This summer I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite spiritual books, Why People Don’t Heal And How They Can, written by medical intuitive Caroline Myss, back in 1997.  The book covers many topics, but the parts I relate to most strongly—as a cradle Catholic--are the parallels she draws between the seven Chakras and the seven Sacraments.   I decided … Continue reading Law of Gravity

My Elusive Feet

Elusive feet stretching away from the rest of my body you are a mysterious duo. Earthbound like two turtles you spread your toes  wide and flat refusing to conform  to narrow confines of stylish pumps and spiked heels.   You are stubborn rebels; I cannot trust you.   Perched on the edge of a cliff … Continue reading My Elusive Feet

Sheltering-in-Place: final edition?

Hello, dear readers.  How are you?  I am fine.  Well, kinda fine.  I am emerging slowly, as many of us are, attending to things that have been put off too long—dental appointments, household repairs, long overdue purchases, wellness exams for my cats.  Stuff like that. I want to get out, but it’s scary too.  I’m fully vaccinated, my health risk is … Continue reading Sheltering-in-Place: final edition?

My Insomnia Gossips About Me Behind My Back

To finish off our National Poetry Month celebration, I offer a more recent creation of mine. Thanks for reading! I made that girl, but is she grateful? No.   True, I drove her to the edge  of consciousness dumped her on a shore peopled with past failures and traumas, to the lip of a river … Continue reading My Insomnia Gossips About Me Behind My Back

For My Mother and Other Collectors of Strays

April is National Poetry Month! I've dug down deep for this one, written for my Mom at least 30 years ago when she was the age that I am now. For My Mother and Other Collectors of Strays   I want you to contradict me. When I shiver in my cavernous apartment complaining that autumn … Continue reading For My Mother and Other Collectors of Strays