At the event when I couldn’t help but stand up and talk too much, I opened myself up to judgment in order to speak the burning necessity that was bubbling up my throat, determined to be shared. Taking my seat for the forth or fifth last time, a woman two rows back lifted her head and her […]
Some days I wake up to the alarm- groggy and irritated, I crack my mind open just enough to unsheath the eraser end of my consciousness, gruffly scrub out one or two or three of the items on the to-do list that my optimistic prior self had assigned, and press “snooze.” Some days I wake up restored- […]
When it started hard to say Couple hundred yesterdays Simple system growing cracks Auto business, off the tracks Getting mine means getting gone Whites flight from the red line zone Money tighter, feel the strain Pull the plug, choke the drain Safety net becomes swiss cheese poor is spreading like disease Trickle down […]
I love chaos I thrive in it I create it and then I hide in it. I ride the tide of the rapids, edging the hazards in a wall of sound echoing so loud that there’s no room to wonder Why or What Else or At What Cost? When the big day is over and the […]
They used to call it downsizing -but that wasn’t very popular- So then they called it “Right Sizing” -but everyone knew it was the same thing- And then they started calling it “Future City” -but still we knew better. And so, they didn’t say anything. Silently they issued yellow tax foreclosure notices And water shut-off […]
Written in honor and memory of friend and colleague Steven Kolberg, whose battle with cancer and and dance with life ended today. We drove to that strange state packed tight in the car and buckled in with greeting cards and a somber air. There in the back yard, I was surprised that he could see […]
I shouted today Alone on the bridge, coasting downhill at a clip I wailed- lungs taut- as loud as I could. I smiled to myself and called out again Just trying to let it out.
Under my bed is a box filled with notes. Precious letters, far-flung postcards and silly valentines accumulated over the years from family, friends, exes, and former strangers. Before even reading their words, I feel the pinch of yearning- from the sight of someone’s handwriting, the postmark of a former home a name that doesn’t get said any more. They are time-stamps […]