Coastal Winds Shape the Trees, Strong, Gnarled, Knotty

Coastal Winds Coastal winds whip across the marsh, trees submit, yielding—bent until the limbs gnarl and knot finding strength and hope. . . . Poetry doesn’t have to be hard. It can be about dogs or flowers or death or pigs or laundry. It can be fun or [...]


What Nature Brings Always Astounds the Soul

What Nature Brings Every day something blooms, a songbird fills the breeze with music. I wait in anticipation of the next day wondering what will nature bring? . . . A poet is someone—you, me, anyone—who writes poems. —Jerome Judson Spring oozes with opportunity to explore nature, to [...]


Three Tips That Help Adjust Your Attitude

How's your attitude? I found myself second-guessing, making assumptions, and generally chasing Don Quixote's windmills this week. Attitude: "A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition." I try to keep my attitude on the positive side. That comes easily most days, but [...]


How to Manage the Proper Care and Feeding of Your Muse

Every morning, I read. I venture into newsletters, writer websites, news, and literary offerings. I meander the expanse of words on the internet. Why? Feeding the Muse I’m searching for the glint of an idea, a combustible fragment eager to set ablaze my Muse. What I find exuberates me [...]


Seasons and Life–Both Bring Change and Hope

The leaves fall. A cool breeze offers relief from the last hot days of lingering summer. Every year, without fail, we follow this cycle of change, hardly noticing the nuance of each new winter, spring, summer, and fall. Some winters come with snow (a rarity in Southeast Texas) or [...]


The Moon: A Story of Mystery, Hope, and Wonder

“It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.” —Carol Anne Duffy Nature holds many fascinations, like the moon that revolves around the earth that revolves around the sun within a galaxy among known and unknown galaxies. When, where, how did the music of a universe begin, and what undisclosed [...]


My Year of Reading: The Best, the Good, and the Unfinished

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson If you are a lover of book lists and share my obsession with collecting these lists, here’s one more to add to your collection. Last year I tried something new. In addition to selecting one [...]

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