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Darkness visible

These are the darkest days.  It is fully dark by 5pm here in Boston.  And when we wake up, it’s still dark.  The days are short, but they feel long at the same time.  Yet, strangely, I don’t find this depressing.  I have written before about my very specific memory from December 1996, working one […]

We are here to witness

We are here to witness the creation and abet it. We are here to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed. Together we notice not only each mountain shadow and each stone on the beach but, especially, we notice the beautiful faces and complex natures of each other. We are here to bring to […]

Holiday book titles

I think books are the best present, always!  Here are some of the books I’m wrapping for those on my list this year.  I’d love to hear what books you’ll be giving for this year’s holidays. Novels and memoirs: Moments of Seeing: Reflections from an Ordinary Life, Katrina Kenison – This book glows with wisdom […]


Saturday evening, sunset from our hotel room, Florida.  I shared another shot of this sunset on Instagram. Whit and I were studying vocab words recently and we came upon the word “creed.”  He asked me what my creed was. Without thinking too much, I immediately answered, “My creed is to pay attention.” He looked at […]

we are saying thank you faster and faster

Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow for the railings we are running out of the glass rooms with our mouths full of food to look at the sky and say thank you we are standing by the water looking out in different directions. […]


The closest I’ve come to touching the meaning of Thanksgiving is 2002.  Grace was a month old, and Matt’s father, John, received a lifesaving heart transplant a couple of days before Thanksgiving.  Matt, Grace, and I spent the day with my family, including both of my grandfathers (see above, with my maternal grandfather and Grace).  […]

Moments of Seeing – a giveaway!

Anyone who reads my work knows I revere Katrina Kenison‘s writing. Her books, which I’ve described as “a call and response chant with my own thoughts,” each touched me deeply.  I was thrilled when I read that Moments of Seeing was coming out. I met Katrina years ago (the story of that fortuitous encounter is […]

First, Lord: No tattoos

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches. May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty. When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her […]

Hair trigger

It hasn’t been a very calm few months at our house.  Which is strange, because in other ways it’s been very calm.  We haven’t done much other than work, physical therapy, and homework (me, Matt, and kids, in that order).  But everybody feels frayed and tense, not to mention tired, and we seem to be […]

The new world

Moon rising, November 12th.  This made me think of Desiderata, “With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”  I hope that is true. I went to bed on election night around 10:30, full of Tylenol PM and a deep foreboding about what was coming, even though it wasn’t yet […]