Monthly Archives: November 2013

Quiet Time

Family Life  Sitting down to write a                                 poem called “moments of quiet” I find the pencil      strangely covered with                 hot glue

East Into the Night

Pink in the sky Moon bright White clouds billow Blue azure sky below to Slate gray at horizon Sea sparkled by moon glow. . Sun to West goes home below the sky Makes blue and red flower head Light in last reflected from clouds Adds red to blue of sea as bloom Then colors it […]

Stories: imagination, wonder, and courage

By Sarah Wolfe – first published on The Small Rain on November 22, 2013, as  “He was my first … celebrating anniversaries” and used with her permission. I know that today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. I was not personally impacted. I was not born for another 7 years, and I have no […]

A flea ridden dog

He wishes for the cloths of heaven HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread […]

Laugh a little

A little laugh does well for my heart The funny papers that will do it sometimes A heavy heart to start the day Seems tightened until With a little laugh is lightened. . A good book, fiction of course, A writer who knows how to time And turn a phrase, be witty About human frailty […]

Why I Went Gray. Why I’m Going Silver.

I spotted my first gray hair at 14.  By the time I was 16, I was dyeing it. Women around me seemed to think that going gray was something to hide, a nasty little secret to be covered up in dye bottles every month, so this was exactly what I did. While I believe that […]


Yesterday my husband found an intriguing article online, titled Sixteen People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here. Much of the piece really deals with differences between America and other countries and is really pretty interesting. Of course all of these comments are subjective, and very much influenced by the specific […]

Hello Instagram, Meet my Dirty Dishes.

You know those pictures I post of food and of when the house feels warm and cozy and clean?  Those pictures of when I’ve been cooking our favorite meals? Pictures like these: Pictures of when things fall into place and there is a peace that settles on the home. When the home feels more like a […]

The Flamingo Adventure

A true story about love and perseverance. By Cooper Riach. It was just an average day in Namibia, walking along the beach on a Sunday with my family at the Tiger Reef Beach bar. We had organized a day of fishing with some new friends. We were walking along the beach trying to find a good spot […]

Carrying pain

Pain is something you mostly carry by yourself, especially emotional pain. Sometimes people can support you better when you have a visible wound. A broken arm, encased, will draw sympathy. Friends will draw pictures and write messages on the plaster. It will heal in six weeks, and people will celebrate with you when the cast […]