“Mommy, look at my walking stick!” What would normally be a loud crunch of the gravel under our feet is overpowered by the kids’ voices pointing out the sights and sounds of the trail. The air is crisp. The slight wind chills my nose. My lips feel tight in the cold air. We’re on our … Continue reading First Day Hike
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you celebrating in the US are getting some relaxation and time with loved ones, whoever that may be. Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
I played in a sweaty basement the other night with Chiseled Lilies and it was a fantastic time. DIY house shows in many ways are a much better fit for me. Sure it’s cool to have fancy lights and be up on a stage with nice house PA system sometimes. But being on a concrete … Continue reading Chiseled Lilies at Gnome Hutch
Walking with my shadow down to the water’s edge. Sweet melodies singing in the salty air. Sapphire waves wash away a thousand fears. Continue reading Salty melodies
The harsh, buzzing fluorescent lighting spoils the otherwise welcoming environment of this branch of the local library. To the left the librarians are chatting as they check in the books returned. School-aged kids on the computers near the door, what I assume are the latest music videos playing on the screen. Heads bobbing with headphones … Continue reading In the library
“I’m a monkey-slash-pig!” The kids are playing make believe as they climb through the low branches of a wild rhododendron. Theo tried his hardest to keep up with the big girls, jumping as high as he can to sit on one of the lowest branches. It’s New Year’s Day and the weather is a beautiful … Continue reading Happy New Year
The house is quiet. So quiet I can hear the low hum of the furnace in the basement and the hiss of the Keurig as it heats water in the kitchen. It’s a rare moment when both kids are content to play and read quietly by themselves. A drastic, but welcome change from the past … Continue reading Thirty minutes
The house is quiet this morning. The kids are finally sleeping past 7:00. I know I should be using this time to exercise or be productive. But instead I’m taking advantage of the solitude to mentally prepare myself for the day. The soft pitter-patter of the rain provides a calming background noise, with the occasional … Continue reading Rainy day views from the porch