My First Kiss

~~ for Lynn S ~~ While staring holes into the sea-foam patterns slipping away in the ferry's wake, my father's arm draped across my small, skinny shoulders, I felt for the first time a melancholy, a sadness, a yearning that I'll never forget. I was eight during that sunny August of 1972, and my family … Continue reading My First Kiss

My 19-Part Resolution for 2019

Next year, I will... 1. Give at least 1,000 hugs, commit countless other random acts of kindness, and bring love to every interaction 2. Honor, respect and acknowledge both myself and everyone I encounter 3. Listen more carefully and communicate more thoughtfully 4. Poke fun at myself and litter my world with laughter and smiles … Continue reading My 19-Part Resolution for 2019

May God E’er Turn Your Head

~ for Sara C, who's battling cancer ~ May God e'er turn your head To show you gorgeous flowers May peace e'er fill your heart Throughout your darkest hours May God e'er lift you up And keep your body strong So that your Earthly time will be Like summer days, prolonged And Sara, may you … Continue reading May God E’er Turn Your Head

12-Step Success Muffins

~ Inspired by Christina Edick ~ Ingredients: * mission * vision * values * integrity * humour * mindfulness * compassion * effort Tools: * sustained-effort oven * imagination bowl * creativity fork * progress skillet * goal pan Time required: variable. Servings: 7 muffins, if you're lucky (serves one) Procedure: 1. Preheat a sustained-effort … Continue reading 12-Step Success Muffins

At the Party

Several times during the party I'd look across at you Feel your laughter, and admire The way you sat - crossed legs, slender ankles The way you moved your fine-boned, tender hands The smile in your eyes - sparkling, loving The way you touched your hair - exquisite! And then everyone else in the room … Continue reading At the Party

Inside the Writer’s Mind

Note to my cherished readers: green = my inner critic; red = my replies to said critic; black italicized = stuff you might see if this was a scene from a play; black (strikethroughs are deletions) = what I was struggling to write!  Oh, and Bingo is my dog. Dear Amy, It’s been great chatting with … Continue reading Inside the Writer’s Mind

She Sang My Body Electric

(for starry-eyed lovers everywhere) She sang my body electric When her hazel eyes first caught mine Sending adrenaline sparks Into my trip-hammering heart Arresting my breath for an instant That breezy April afternoon while We flew kites beside the sea She sang my body electric Those times our bodies joined And her rhythmical undulations Would … Continue reading She Sang My Body Electric

Why I Adore You

(for Woman Unknown) your steadfast heart is a sturdy easel supporting my spirit as I unleash myself upon life's canvas slather the colours, spill the paint mix ugly tones with vibrant hues, and then throw up my hands, hurl the canvas and start once again your nimble mind is a brilliant candle lighting my brief passage through life with … Continue reading Why I Adore You