March 30, 2015



I won't soon forget
this view from our window,
even as some Springtime rains
came through recently
and turned these fleeting blossoms
to pink snow
on the ground.



March 24, 2015



Spring trees!



March 11, 2015



The coolest blue,
and the brightest green-gold--
we took a weekend trip away
to the place where we were married,
back to visit
for the first time
since our wedding.



March 9, 2015



Folkloric,
in many ways,
has simply become,
my own little journal of the seasons--
and I am alright with that.

These are photos from my yard and garden,
and when I look at them
I feel honored to have this bit of earth to tend.



March 4, 2015



Dark
& light.



March 2, 2015



The difference
that a week or two makes!



February 26, 2015



It's feeling so Spring-like
here in Washington,
but I know that the East Coast
is still buried under snow!

Whatever your weather,
do you need something
subtly ferocious
and utterly captivating
to read during these in-between days?

Then check out
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels
(I, II, and III;
the final book in the quartet
will be coming out
in September).

And after you do,
please come back
and discuss them with me,
because I cannot get them out of my head.




February 23, 2015



Instrumental Mix IV!
See I, II, and III.
I love making these mixes,
and listen to them all the time.
I hope you enjoy this new one.


Mulberry, Mauve, & Gold - February 2015

+Lover's Desire - Anaïs Mitchell
+Silo Song (Instrumental) - Laura Veirs
+Jump Up Jon - Black Prairie
+Tokka - Agnes Obel
+Skylark Herald's Dawn - James Blackshaw
+Breton An Dro - Maggie Sansone
+Cincinnati Traveler - Hem
+Kensington Blues - Jack Rose
+Sexfaldur - Amiina
+Tuireadh nan Hiortach - Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
+Guitar 13 - Clogs
+Tip Toes - Essie Jain
+Alone In Kyoto - Air
+Sun Will Set - Zoë Keating
+Masollan - Balmorhea
+Bunkhouse Theme - Bob Dylan




February 18, 2015



As we move through
our first Winter in this house
it has felt like
our backyard has given us
a suprise
every week.

In the frenzy of the Fall,
I had no idea
that this spindly-looking tree
was actually
a steadfast Witch-hazel
until it began to unfurl
it's wirey red clusters
in early January.

I put my head back
and marvelled
and laughed out loud at the discovery.

The camellia buds out back are swelling,
and who knows what color they will be
when they finally burst forth?




February 16, 2015



I really fell in love with holly this Winter.



February 12, 2015



I love that this place
is now part of our neighborhood
again.



February 11, 2015



Small scenes
of wintry tangles
at the slough.



February 9, 2015



On a day
that felt as warm as May
we took a walk through reeds
bleached shining white,
gleaming almost too brightly
in the sun
to look at straight on.

Waterways carved paths
based on directions and criteria
unknown to us.

----

First Aid Kit - Stay Gold



February 4, 2015



I have been exploring our new neighborhood
on foot,
which is my favorite way
to come to know
a place.

Roaming up the hill and down,
I have found new pathways,
new rambles.
One route in particular,
has already become
my "everyday" walk.
It is the perfect length and rhythm
for that time
in the afternoon
when I simply must
go outside.

I am almost overcome with excitement
to watch how this walk changes
with the seasons.
It is like getting to know
a new friend,
who has only had the chance,
so far,
to show you part of herself.




February 2, 2015




Wild & overgrown,
spare & elegant:
two new blooming letters
that I painted recently.



January 28, 2015



After living
in the same apartment
for 5 years
I am slowly getting used to
how the light falls,
and when,
in this house of ours.

As the seasons change,
and thus the light changes,
everything is new.