Time’s Arrow

Change I could see the remnants of the original forest that had been a part of this land in the distance. Between me and the trees lay expanses of fields carrying crops of corn, beans, and wheat. One hundred and sixty years ago, human beings cleared this land and, generations later, it looks much theContinue reading “Time’s Arrow”

Hunger

“There were 672 new covid cases yesterday.” Such words are common these days. Certainly, the current pandemic has affected us greatly; it has drawn our very immediate attention to how quickly lives can change, our lives. No longer can we take the freedom of movement for granted, no longer can we assume that what weContinue reading “Hunger”

Beach Glass

“Sea Glass” is the general term for pieces of weathered and eroded glass formed from glass used on ships, bottles, and tableware that has found its way into bodies of water. As these items reach the shoreline, wave action pounds them into other rocks, breaks them into smaller pieces, and wears away the brittle, sharpContinue reading “Beach Glass”

From the heart of children

We collected three rocks from the garden, fished out our daughter’s tub of acrylic paints and brushes from her closet, and sat ourselves at the table on the back porch. Friday August 28, 2020: 23 degrees, a sprinkle of milky clouds in the sky, and a light breeze from the south-west fanning away some ofContinue reading “From the heart of children”

Why I write

A sliver separates me from the solace that I find myself in and the quieting world outside. A window, slightly ajar, its gaudy day-white frame barely visible in the outer fringes of the penumbra cast by the screen before me, is the gateway. It is the time of hush, the time of transformation. I listen,Continue reading “Why I write”

Back on the road bike

Today, for the first time in ten months I got back on the road bike in earnest. The place where I currently live is not that friendly to cycling on pavement. Cars, pick up trucks, and semi-trailers hurtle down the narrow roads at incredible speeds carving the air they encounter into a chaos of vortexesContinue reading “Back on the road bike”

Being Vegetarian

Last night, I found myself sitting in a poolside deck chair, small drink in hand, listening to and watching children jump, splash, and squeal in joy. It was a lovely experience, it always is to watch children at play. As I did, the unmistakable waft of meat on a grill filled the air, and withContinue reading “Being Vegetarian”

Chalk on blue

Vapor trails are streamers of cloud produced by aircraft engine exhaust or changes in air pressure in clear cold humid air high above the earth’s surface. This is the basic science, this is what I once saw. Now I see differently. The charm of the verdant sward lulled him as he lay within its lushContinue reading “Chalk on blue”

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