The Writing Life

I've been reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. It's a handbook that seems, most obviously about developing a life of artistry, but hiding within its lines are secrets about life in general. The book has prompted me to think more seriously about my own life and what I want to accomplish in the future.... Continue Reading →

Words Without Eyes

I've been thinking about the role that social media plays in our lives today, and especially how it insulates us from one another and even gives opportunity for the snarkiest, rudest, and most alienating words.  "Words Without Eyes" is a reference to the words we paste on FB posts, comments to a post, and Twitter... Continue Reading →


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.   Glory be to God - Father, Son, and Spirit. Not a pantheon or god aloof But purest love and divinest secret. Glory be to... Continue Reading →

Granddad’s Garden

I did not expect the reverie that overwhelmed me As I walked up to the lovely Bear Creek home. It was dignified, expensive, and well-coiffed Much too nice for the smell of manure that greeted me As two workers tilled the natural fertilizer into flower beds.   What greeted me was the spring smell of... Continue Reading →

A Pantoum

“I prayed to the universe,” she said. She believed that rocks and dust could do. But rocks and dust have no consciousness. Doing requires planning and creation.   She believed that rocks and dust could do. But rocks just lay in place until they are used. Doing requires planning and creation. An intelligent hand then... Continue Reading →

Ode to Proverbs 15

Fools talk incessantly Words spill out like water from a broken main Meaningless, destructive, out-of-place Disconnected from good sense. Fools hate wisdom Because it points out their folly And dares to curtail their Impulses and unfettered desires. Fools spew confusion and create darkness. They hate truth and prefer to stumble Amid obstacles and dangers Rather... Continue Reading →


Poiema, work, seems so ordinary. Everyday, common events performed In service to life’s routines, Production and generativity. Just work. Poiema bakes a pie for a friend And decorates the crust with scallops As a touch of beauty and love Experienced through the taste buds. Poiema shows up at the street mural Painted by someone who... Continue Reading →


"Ulay." Hebrew for "perhaps." Thus said Jonathan To his armor bearer. "Let's take a chance." "Ulay." It may be That God will favor Our courage and trust And join us in our venture. "Ulay." It may be That our enemy will be weak, And though more numerous than us, Will be overcome by our boldness. "Ulay."... Continue Reading →

The Party at Zac’s House

Excitement filled Zac's house. "Get the china out of the cabinet." "Buy the best duck you can find at the market." "Polish the silverware." He didn't usually get his best stuff out For the scruffy crowd that came to his house. The wealthy people he stole taxes from Wouldn't have anything to do with him... Continue Reading →

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