It is deep January. The sky is hard. The stalks are firmly rooted in ice- Wallace Stevens

I am glad to have reached the middle of January before the bleakness of the month hit me. I use the tired, cold, bleak, giving-up feelings as fuel for writing poetry. I think poetry has the ability, like many arts, to make you feel better about the very depressing thing you are writing about orContinue reading “It is deep January. The sky is hard. The stalks are firmly rooted in ice- Wallace Stevens”

January so far has been icy and dreary in my part of the world

As usual, 2022 moves along despite our misgivings, predictions, or plans. The sun continues its apparent travel higher up into the sky and the minutes of daylight ever-so-gradually increase. We here in Maine have had lots of rain, ice, snow showers, and cloudy skies. The holiday hubbub has abated and we are left trying toContinue reading “January so far has been icy and dreary in my part of the world”

January so far has been icy and dreary in my part of the world

Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you so much for reading my weekly letter. I am grateful for the many people who have read and especially those who have taken a minute to comment or encourage me. The weather outside has been frightful at times and I appreciate the warm fire, candles, andContinue reading “January so far has been icy and dreary in my part of the world”

Welcome to my home at the birth of this new year

This Christmas was full of a mixture of things. Our granddaughter came from school in Ireland to bake and prepare for the holiday and enjoy spending time with us. Our grandson (he was vaccinated but got pretty sick anyway) had recently recovered from Covid and was tired but glad to be out of isolation. AnotherContinue reading “Welcome to my home at the birth of this new year”

Welcome to my home. Happy Holidays

This Christmas was full of a mixture of things. Our granddaughter came from school in Ireland to bake and prepare for the holiday and enjoy spending time with us. Our grandson (he was vaccinated but got pretty sick anyway) had recently recovered from Covid and was tired but glad to be out of isolation. AnotherContinue reading “Welcome to my home. Happy Holidays”

Now it is December and it is darkening

We have had our first small snow and the driveway is sloppy. It is getting dark so early now, that all the candles are out and winter lights surround my living room windows. My spare bedroom has become the repository for boxes and bags of things I am collecting for gifts. Everyone is into theContinue reading “Now it is December and it is darkening”

Newsletter, Thanksgiving Week, November 20, 2021

Welcome to my home. Happy Thanksgiving WeekIn our family, we have an annual discussion about making something new and exciting, a different recipe at least, for Thanksgiving Dinner. We each argue for the one or two things that have to stay the same and by the end of the planning, we have come up with–the same menu.Continue reading “Newsletter, Thanksgiving Week, November 20, 2021”

Newsletter November 13, 2021

I am finally feeling hopeful that this new version of my weekly newsletter will work consistently and go out to everyone without bouncing. Thanks to Nick Kleiner, Consultant, and the helpful team at Constant Contact. The pace of my life seems to accelerate around this time of year with winter preparations around the house andContinue reading “Newsletter November 13, 2021”