Poetry, Writing, and Mother’s Day

Crammed between art catalogues and magazines on the bookcase in our living room sat a battered clothbound book during my childhood. Titled, The Combined Louis Untermeyer edition of Modern British and Modern American poetry, it belonged to my mother. Her scribbled notes in faint pencil decorated the margins and each time she’d pull it outContinue reading “Poetry, Writing, and Mother’s Day”

May Day and The Handmaid’s Tale

I’m a Margaret Atwood fan and an Elizabeth Moss fan, so although it is now safe to freely move about our small city of Annapolis, at night I’ve been watching season four of The Handmaid’s Tale. Seasons 1, 2, and 3 on the streaming service Hulu, got me through the tense months that led up toContinue reading “May Day and The Handmaid’s Tale”

The Plague by Albert Camus Teaches Valuable Lessons

 This week in between listening to news clips reporting on the Derek Chauvin trial and the events surrounding the death of Daunte Wright, I’ve been thinking about the difference between action and intent. Millions of us have watched portions of the video showing Chauvin, the police officer, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. We witnessed theContinue reading “The Plague by Albert Camus Teaches Valuable Lessons”

A Dog’s Life

As long as she gets to chase the ball, our 70 pound Labradoodle Chloe is happy.  Reward her with a little treat and she’ll  drop it at our feet so we’ll throw it out for her to fetch again.  “Retrievers love balls,” our vet explained during a visit, “it’s a trait of the breed.”  The need to pursue aContinue reading “A Dog’s Life”

Easter 2021 Helps Redefine Normal

We’re just on the cusp of returning to the world we left in Spring 2019, only it’s not going to be quite the same world.

To Blog or Not to Blog? What You Can Learn From Blogging

If I gear my format and content towards making false promises of fortune, fame, instant health or happiness where is the artistic fulfilment? I’m blogging to communicate what’s on my mind.

Now That We’ve Got the Vaccine —When Will Normal Return?

We’ve almost achieved a Covid-19 vaccination rate of 15% in the United States. Each day I see more and more postings on Facebook, friends sharing their elation at receiving their first dose of either the Moderna or Pzfizer vaccine. Many people in the approved groups are still waiting their turn and growing frustrated, while IContinue reading “Now That We’ve Got the Vaccine —When Will Normal Return?”

This is the Year We Should Be Exchanging Valentines

I remember being five years old and sitting at the kitchen table with pieces of red construction paper. I was cutting out hearts for Valentine’s Day cards. First I folded the paper in half and then I started snipping. Why was it that some hearts came out so skinny and other’s squat and fat? Some hearts lookedContinue reading “This is the Year We Should Be Exchanging Valentines”

We Can Predict Snowfall, but Can We Predict Where the Virus will Travel Next?

Everyone’s fear of infection, reminds me of some of those movie scenes when the heroine is barricading the door to prevent the zombies from breaking into her house. We all now have stories about the time we thought we’d been exposed to the virus, and our travails to await test results. Our world feels illogical.

Leprechauns, QAnon, Elvis Presley, Flat Earth, Trump and the 2020 Election

Alternate versions exist of every event, including the recent November presidential election.
Some people still do believe the earth is flat. Based on what they see, feel and observe they are not convinced of the world’s spherical shape.

How to Get Published

It doesn’t matter how wonderful and perfect your submitted work may be, prepare yourself to be rejected. Every magazine has a different idea of what they think is good and what they want to print.

Welcome to Banana Republic USA, Previously Known as the United States of America

This is how we appeared to the world. A country in chaos… Economic monopolies that steer all the profits into the pockets of the ruling class is a primary characteristic of a Banana Republic.

One American’s 2020 Recap

This past year has made me painfully aware of just how old I am.

A Simple Tool That Might Be Your Magic Bullet

During a global pandemic, we all need “props”. Not necessarily for exercise, but to face the challenges of living and working confined within a limited space,

Maintaining Traditions or Playing it Safe? Chasing That Wild Turkey.

Bad news is not welcome. The hard fast reality is that our local hospital may have to start prioritizing patients.