I Get By With a Little Help From My (Foodie) Friends

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you’re all having a peaceful and happy day. I’ve been simmering some mulling spices and orange peel since early this morning. First of all, this apartment smells heavenly! I mean, you can almost smell it through the picture. It not only smells delicious, it looks it, too. As you can … Continue reading I Get By With a Little Help From My (Foodie) Friends


The First Frost

Another from my Instagram collection; now a couple of months old. If you enjoy these, please let me know--also, please like and share. I woke before dawn on this morning of the season’s first freeze. In those last few moments of darkness, when the world was still quiet—at peace—a coyote howled one last, lonely cry … Continue reading The First Frost

November People

I wrote this a while back and posted it on Instagram. I'm trying to share more of my creative writing on my blog in the new year. I hope you enjoy it. Please like, comment, and share. Last weekend’s early frost has hastened autumn’s turnings. Yesterday’s vivid greens are ruby, and russet; or mustard and … Continue reading November People

The Hermit Storyteller

I haven't written in a while...I've been busy and, well, life is beating me up a bit. But, today I sat down and wrote a little vignette that might someday turn into a larger story. Since I get the most attention here when I tell stories, I hope this one suits your fancy. Feel free … Continue reading The Hermit Storyteller

Know Thyself

I’m going to have my students do their version of this poem during the first two weeks of school. I can’t wait to read what they come up with!


In her book, Writing to Change the World, Mary Pipher has a chapter entitled, Know Thyself. In it she talks about how important it is for writers to know who they are and where they come from. She offers a short poem there called, “I Am From,” and suggests that her readers do the same. In an attempt to better understand where I come from and, hopefully, become a better writer, I have accepted that assignment. This was more difficult than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of things that make me who I am and choosing only a few of them was not easy. I guess that’s part of the point, though. Sometimes we view ourselves in a one-dimensional way and we forget that there is much more that makes us who we are than what we can see in a mirror. So, whether you’re an…

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Social Media Is Rotting My Brain (And, apparently I’m not going to stop it…)

(Before you recoil in shock, I DID NOT drop the F-bomb when I was talking about SnapChat. I said "look," not the other word. Calm down.) For a long time now I've convinced myself that I need social media. I need it to market myself as a freelance writer. I need it to help communicate with students … Continue reading Social Media Is Rotting My Brain (And, apparently I’m not going to stop it…)

Even Princes Panic

He is, officially, Prince Henry of Wales. Currently fifth in line to the British Throne; the youngest son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Heir Apparent to the Crown, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales; grandson of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history. He is known … Continue reading Even Princes Panic