The words you gave me

Brain things

We apologize for the delay. The proprietor of this blog wishes to state that she was temporarily flattened by pizza sauce, sweet corn, and birthday parties. Aw, you guys are so fun! It’s chancy putting a game out there and not knowing if anyone will want to play. I loved watching you dig into your […]

September 23, 2017

The fourth word on the page

Brain things

Confession: This past Sunday morning I was trying to impress my Sunday school kids with how smart God is. He knows how many hairs are on your head, I said, even counting the ones that fell out while you were brushing them this morning. He knows how many leaves are on that tree. He knows what’s going to happen […]

September 18, 2017

Introducing flower journaling

Something from nothing

Recently, while browsing the web in search of ideas for simple homemade journals, I stumbled across this gem–how to make a book with only paper, one rubber band, and a “backbone” of choice, such as a twig… …a pencil …or chopsticks. {Check out the instructions here, from twowritingteachers.} It’s too cool an idea, and adaptable […]

February 8, 2014

I Am From

Brain things

What Anita did looked so fun I decided to try it too. Here’s the template if you want to join the party. Based on the beautiful poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon. ***** I am from hot suppers and homegrown cabbage and children in and out of doors. I am from the ancient gray […]

January 21, 2014


Life around home

An amateur word-picture, just for fun–though the experience certainly was not. ***** They turned me into a sickly sun set high above the earth I scorched everything I touched Blistered that desert Heartbeats and mustangs gone loco together And I could not tell the cowboys guns From the pounding And the pounding in my head […]

January 18, 2014

S & G again

Out and about

Confession: Whatever you think about Simon & Garfunkel, you have to admit the genius. They spun words into dark and silver threads. I have squandered my resistance For a pocketful of mumble: such are promises All lies and jests ‘Til a man hears what he wants to hear And disregards the rest… …All my words […]

May 25, 2012

Learning to talk less, say more

Brain things

Confession: My favorite word in the English language has two letters. Here it is: So! It’s a beautiful word. An empowering word. A useful word. A word in motion. (What are we going to do next?)   It’s a word of anticipation and desire, the one I use when I’m starting on a lovely project. […]

April 22, 2012