September 3, 2015

Porch scenes.

August 31, 2015

A hummingbird
landed at my feeder
during a sudden
and immense
A few tufts of feathers
stuck up on his head,
forming a single, charming cowlick.
After taking a drink,
he puffed himself up,
and shook all over,
like the tiniest wet dog you could imagine.
He cocked his head to the right
and I told him
what I tell all of the birds
that land at my feeders.
You are beautiful,
you are welcome;
I would never hurt you.
He took one more sip
and cocked his head once more
and zoomed away.

August 28, 2015

Enjoying lately:

This book
This song
this painting
& this one too,
this card
these seeds
(for an attempt at Fall sowing!)
this bread
this cider
& this dress
(so pretty in person!)

August 25, 2015

The dry spell finally snapped,
if only for a a day or two.
It rained most of the morning
and would likely rain all evening
so I convinced you to take a walk with me
in the interlude
between the raindrops.
We panted up the hill
and wound around the reservoir
and the air was fresh and clean
from the earlier downpour.
Strolling along,
we stopped to pick and eat some blackberries
growing beside the path.
We saw a bunny
poised on the trail before us
and I thought to myself
"There is nothing more perfect than this,"
and the universe agreed
No, there is not,
and the bunny leapt into the woods
and we rounded the bend
and made our way home.

August 12, 2015

August 6, 2015

This summer
has been so unusually hot and rainless
and even the heartiest of blooms
have needed near-constant watering.
As I found in the Spring,
it is a joy to discover plants to add
to this land of ours
that I grow more familiar with
as each month passes.

August 3, 2015

and upward!

July 30, 2015

Enjoying this summer:
The music of PBS's Wolf Hall (as well as the show itself!)
Sally Mann's utterly captivating memoir
homemade ice creams from this cookbook
this live song,
and all the fresh fruit we can eat.

July 27, 2015

July has been an island this year,
distinct from the months that came before it,
and distinct,
I imagine,
from the months that will follow.
It was time for a change,
so I accepted a new job,
and the month has been a mix
of finishing up and farewelling the old job,
taking a pricelessly expansive break,
and looking forward
to the chapter that will come next.

May 28, 2015

May 27, 2015

May 26, 2015

May 25, 2015

May 21, 2015

Scenes from my garden.

We've reached that part of Springtime
where I can barely stand to be indoors
for more than a few minutes;
plants and leaves and blooms
are unfurling and changing and exploding into life
at such a rate
that I don't want to miss
a single moment!

Every day I am amazed
at what has emerged,
or blossomed,
or doubled in size,
since the day before it.

May 14, 2015

I know I am late to the game,
but I recently read Gilead,
and then Home
by Marilynne Robinson,
and I have a copy of Lila
all set to read next.
I enjoyed the first two books
(and particularly Home)
in a way I have not enjoyed a novel
in quite a while.

I read for so many reasons--
for relaxation,
for education,
for escape,
and sometimes simply
to fill up a bit of time,
on a long commute
or while waiting for a friend.

It is such a joy
when I come across a book
that is so beautifully written
that I savor the experience of reading it,
not just for the effect it has on me,
or it's place in my life,
but for exactly what it is:
a spare, elegant and well-crafted piece of art.