Saturday, July 26, 2014

Very Maine-y Day

(Click to enlarge all photos)

Today a visit
to a very Maine-y beach
on a midcoast bay.

Didn't get close-ups 
of enormous smooth boulders
but they're there
at the base of the pines.

You can clamber over them
and hang your legs
over the sides
let the cold ocean water
up around your ankles.

Cropped out of the photo
on the right, above,
is another favorite
beach endeavor:

Husband is hunkering down
doing a crossword
right there
on the beach
in the sun
and the clean air.


Thursday, July 24, 2014


The beautiful names in today's batch
of fan mail:

Aaliyah, Aidan, Alex, Armani, Asira, Asia
Caroline, Chris
Danielle, Dionel, Declan
Emmali, Ian
Julia, Jadon
Kemiya, Katrina
Maneya, Michaela
Ruthie, Robert

If you say them aloud
they form a 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Radio Interview

Being interviewed is not easy for me, but Dana Sheridan at Princeton University, put me at ease:


Tuesday, July 8, 2014


I am still 
in the garden

in this riot
of color

and fragrance
and texture:

rock and lichen
and moss and petals
and leaves

each offsets 
the other

as in a story
the smooth softens the rough
the muted balances the bold
the fragile offsets the strong
humor tames the serious



Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Last week I met
bookbinder and book conservator
Alison Kuller
generous with her time
and studio

and now I am hooked
and want to know more
I'm taking a course
at Maine Media Workshops
in August.

A little more about Alison Kuller here.
More about Maine Media Workshops here.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Maine is Busting Out All Over

Four weeks ago
this was a leafless, bare, brown landscape
and now
what an explosion
of greenery
and flowery

so dense and lush
it knocks out
your eyeballs

you can't take it all in
at once

you have to focus
on small pieces

and even then
you can hardly believe
such bounty exists

so casually

so delicately

you could lie down here
and say
'ahhh. . .'


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Story Focus, II

In the last post, I tried to compare shaping a story to focusing a camera, beginning, say, close up to a person or place and then pulling back to show the context or wider setting.

You could also do the reverse, as above: there's a stone patio, a stone wall and dense trees beyond.  What sort of place is this? What might happen here? Then move in a little closer:

The wall is carefully crafted, hand-built, hmm . . . who built it? Why is it important?  And if you go closer:

Well, well, well . . . look what was there amid those stones all along. Is that critter the subject of the story or a sign of . . . what?

Guess you've got to write the story to find out . . .