28 Sep, 2018

Summer Apples

2021-07-31T23:43:02-05:00September 28th, 2018|Tags: , |

This is the time of year when I used to go apple picking with my kids. Alas, they've all flown the nest, and the one day my daughter and I [...]

24 Nov, 2015

Winter Break In

2021-01-03T17:27:04-06:00November 24th, 2015|Tags: , |

    We had a winter break in this past weekend. I know this is not the proper use of the English term "break in;" rather, it is a literal [...]

5 Feb, 2015

Today and Tomorrow

2021-01-03T17:27:25-06:00February 5th, 2015|Tags: , |

  Today is... ... the undulating blue of the mountains against the bright of the sky ... the dusting of snow on the summits ... the road swinging up the [...]

25 May, 2012

Poem: Miracles by Walt Whitman

2021-01-03T17:32:16-06:00May 25th, 2012|Tags: |

I've been meaning to feature more poetry on my blog, so, since I'm awfully busy today, here's a favorite: Miracles by Walt Whitman Why, who makes much of a miracle? [...]

4 May, 2012

The Poetry Garage

2021-01-03T17:32:26-06:00May 4th, 2012|Tags: , |

We had been parking at the 201 West Madison Self Park in downtown Chicago for years, when all of a sudden, pretty much exactly a year ago, it turned into "The Poetry Garage." [...]

26 Apr, 2012

Poem in your Pocket

2021-01-03T17:32:29-06:00April 26th, 2012|Tags: |

Today is Poem in your Pocket Day - thankfully my daily email from poets.org alerted me to that yesterday, and of course that got me thinking that this would be a [...]

17 May, 2011

Poem Insight by Charles Simic

2011-05-17T13:06:00-05:00May 17th, 2011|Tags: |

A poem is a secret shared by people who have never met each other. - Charles Simic I loved this little insight into the power of poetry. Don't need to [...]

10 May, 2011

My First Haiku

2021-01-03T17:33:41-06:00May 10th, 2011|Tags: |

I didn't expect to take up today's Blogathon 2011 theme of haiku because I'm not one to write poetry, let alone haiku, but yesterday I had half an hour to [...]

8 May, 2011

Poem: Window Washer

2021-01-03T17:33:47-06:00May 8th, 2011|Tags: |

If this poem isn't a study in strong verbs, I don't know what is. It appeared in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry: Column 318: BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET [...]

7 Apr, 2011

Mary Karr on Writing & Memoir

2011-04-07T01:36:00-05:00April 7th, 2011|Tags: |

For all of you who weren't able to attend but would have like to: Here are my notes from the Mary Karr Reading @ the Art Institute of Chicago, April [...]

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