• Just Life

    A Monday Haiku.

    morning walk pause, see winter sun pale, shadows, light breath prayer: and this Happy Monday! and if you’re headed back into the routine after a holiday break, I wish you an easy re-entry.

  • Books,  Just Life

    Good Newses | Thursday.

    Hello friends. I must admit, when I dreamed up the idea for this week’s series, I had no idea things could possibly get as negative, and downright scary as they have. I am grateful for the strong, so-much-better-at-speaking-up voices I’m seeing on-line that are reassuring me I’m not alone in how I’m feeling. I can’t say anything better than any of them and all I can add is a hearty “oh yes!”. So I’ve decided that today’s good newses are going to be personal – three little things I’m celebrating today that have nothing to do with anything you’ll see on-line. I’m happy to put a little joy in your…

  • Just Life

    Unraveled Wednesday | Rainy Blooms.

    I will spare y’all a picture of the endless gray garter stitch* to share two photos from this morning’s walk. I figure blooms, even rain-washed ones, are a most welcome sight these days! Joining in with Kat and friends. Happy Wednesday! *I think I have just two more rows before I start the pockets, so the end is definitely in sight!

  • Just Life

    Be Kind.

    I traded emails last week with a friend who said she hoped we could Make America Kind Again. That phrase resonated with me. I shared it Friday morning with my small group (amidst lively and often upsetting discussion about having an armed guard on site for Sunday worship this month and next and the beginning of Anne Lamott’s latest book) and it resonated with them too. One of our members told us about a very cool local t-shirt project (created to help a teenager on the autism spectrum learn important job skills) that puts the “Be Kind to Everyone” message front and center. Then yesterday, I read a column in…

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    Three on Thursday | A Walk in the Park.

    I took myself for a quick walk in the park this morning. and since it’s Thursday, I have three photos to share – and with a nod and a wink to Carole, I Waterlogue’d them 😉 The leaves aren’t putting on much of a color show, but they make a most delightful crunch underfoot. No blue skies this morning, but a surprising amount of light still filters through the trees. I am completely smitten with the colors in this last one. In real life the berries are purple, but rendered here in a deep red, combined with all the browns and pops of light and green, I’m re-thinking the palette…

  • Just Life,  Sewing

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    I hope you weren’t expecting to see a third – successful – attempt to start Soyokaze 🙂 I did wind that mess of yarn into a neat ball, but that’s all that’s happened with that project since yesterday. maybe tomorrow I’ll have a good (un) unraveled story to share! But for today, I have two tiny moments … that tell a different part of the story I’d like to remember about what’s happening in my life right now. I joked with Kym last week that this blog seemed to be morphing into mere-et-feets. and I wouldn’t blame y’all for rolling your eyes at one more reminder that I broke a…

  • Travel

    A Walk in the Park.

    My long-time favorite morning walk in New York City is the path around the reservoir in Central Park. The city views are just amazing and from the Upper East Side park entrances, it’s easy to get there (in other words, I can wander without getting too lost). But when I snagged the screenshot of yesterday’s walk to share on Instagram, I noticed a new-to-me Conservatory Garden way off in the upper right. This morning I walked right past the reservoir and headed north for another 20 blocks. It was completely worth it! The southern garden features a memorial to Frances Hodgson Burnett (author of The Secret Garden) and a beautiful…

  • Just Life

    Early May Weekending.

    This weekend wasn’t nearly as photogenic as the last one (or hopefully as this next one promises to be !) but it seemed a lot more typical of weekends around here. A Friday afternoon pedicure. (which isn’t all that typical – I make appointments for every five weeks in the winter and four in the summer … but I certainly wouldn’t mind if this were a regular Friday thing!) Friday night snacks (back to the typical). Morning walks to the lake. I took Holly with me on Saturday and went by myself on Sunday. The round trip is three miles and I have to carry Holly for at least 2/3…

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    Tuesdays are for Poetry.

    I picked up this lovely collection at a bookshop on Monroe Street when I visited Sara in Madison last February. I was looking for a book published by a micro press for the 2017 Read Harder challenge. The shop owner thought this book, published by Tebot Bach, might work. Robin Chapman is a poet like no other I’ve encountered. Maybe because she’s (also) a developmental psycholinguist (she retired from “teaching and research in children’s language development and disorders” at UW-Madison), with a strong appreciation for mathematics (she mentions prime and perfect numbers and ancient Greek mathematicians in her poems), who paints (that’s her work on the cover)? I’m thoroughly enjoying…