Of Gates

Photo: I am utterly enchanted by magnolia trees. I am seriously trying to figure out how to bonsai one myself or make a purchase of a bonsai’d one. I think they are just gorgeous. This tree grew proudly right outside our room. I could almost touch it if I reached my hand far enough from…

The Thin Beige Door

Photo: I spent my week in South Carolina’s “Low Country” which is, as many forbidding places are, achingly beautiful. The 2 1/2 hour drive between Charleston and Hilton Head brings me through a spectrum of emotions. I spent my week writing and working. The Husband was working, too. We were away, but we were working. It was…

[Quiet Thoughts] Centering Prayer

Photo: I had to bake bread today… You see, I was hoping that I’d wake up today with the sunshine and feel a little better about things. Surely lack of sunshine is what set me in my bad mood on Monday morning. Problem is, I didn’t feel better. I took one scroll through my Facebook…

And Ain’t I Your Base?

Shout out to the 98% of Black Women in Alabama who went out yesterday and carried this entire country over the finish line. Absolutely and unequivocally, I honor you. I thank you. Shout out to the Black voters in Alabama who went out yesterday and stood up to the voter suppression, who stood up to…

And Ain’t We Princess Material?

Photo: Shout-out to the good and generous friends who fling open doors for you and bid you welcome. Our dear friend has a lovely home in Vermont that she let us borrow for the weekend, giving us the opportunity to be away and relax. The boys had a marvelous time playing with other peoples’ toys,…

Passive Aggression

Photo: I bought this beautiful salmon at Wegmans today on a whim and was totally delighted and surprised by how totally fresh it was when I brought it home. Good fresh fish should smell like the ocean when you unwrap it, and this salmon smelled like the Outer Banks on a perfectly clear day. It…

Hands and Hearts and Minds

Photo: Two little boys with cute little bunny Lady. We learned a lot about bunnies today thanks to a kind friend who has an incredible talent for engaging and encouraging children. A little bit of comfort and distraction, a whole lot of warmth and care. To open your door in welcome and give a bit…

The Value of Life

  Because I was a transfer student to UMBC, my first days of orientation were spent doing different activities than the freshmen, and I ended up at different mixers with other older students. One of those mixers would fundamentally change my undergraduate experience and probably the trajectory of my life. I was one of two…

Not One Bit Surprised

Warning: I do not believe in censoring what most call “the N-word.” I think that censoring it gives it more power and, in this space anyway, I refuse to do it. If you simply cannot handle it, please feel free to skip today’s post. I’ll see you for Quiet Thoughts. If you’re cool, then read on….

A Nation of Neither Angels nor Demons

Photo: My very good friend is a local glass artisan. Tracy makes a lot of beautiful work, but I think I love her acorns most of all. After Grandy passed away, she presented me with this one. Teal was always Grandy’s color and whenever I see it, I think of her. I have this one…