Yesterday afternoon, Jakey the budgie died. When we found him, his companion Louie was distraught. He chirped and bounced on top of him. Jumped along the perches. Clung to the sides of the cage. Searched in every corner for his friend. And, for the first time ever, he slept in his happy hut. Always before, […]
Three days equals 72 hours, unless an ice storm knocks out your power and then three days equals 234 hours and you have to play CLUE for every single one of them. Because, umm, Parcheesi was not happening and the batteries to Operation were, of course, dead. Every few years a bad ice storm rolls […]
What kids can’t do with a package of clay, some googly eyes and pipe cleaners. We have an entire parade of clay monsters here. The black fish creature is downright terrifying. I hope you had a Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween! The march through another holiday season has begun with costumes and trick-or-treating! It is so good to be alive. To enjoy pumpkins and children. Costumes and candy and friends. My son Sullivan loves animals and is very imaginative. This year he wanted to be a hummingbird. I did my best, but he looked […]
“My cup runneth over.” — Romona played by Gena Rowlands, Hope Floats Greetings, Friends! Autumn has arrived in Oklahoma! This is my favorite time of the year and part of me wishes it could last forever. Pumpkins on porches, colorful fall leaves ironed between pieces of wax paper, cool-weather pansies, and football. Every day is […]
My deeds, my hands, this mess in guilt we silence our questions I say my prayers nevertheless did I do it right, don’t you leave me yet… —Tanya Davis, Please Bless I am painfully aware of the sentimentality in my writing. I can’t turpentine my way free of it. You’d have to douse me with methylene […]
We stole away to Southeast Oklahoma a few weeks ago to celebrate the end of school and the start of summer. All our dreams packed into both Jeeps because one isn’t big enough to carry all these hopes. Hopes for a perfect weekend. a perfect cabin, a perfect campfire. Next summer, Juliette will be packing […]