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“Visitation”, a prose poem by David Shumate.

Fall is hammocks by the fire. I’m slightly in love with David Shumate’s book of prose poems, High Water Mark. Apart from admiring his craft, my affections tend towards the particular. I am grateful for his “Prescription For Insomniacs”. Because…

Using gouache paint with kids.

I love the versatility and mystery of gouache paint, and since I couldn’t find an online resource for sharing gouache with kids, I decided, of course, to be the source of my own desires. What’s so great about gouache? Gouache…

Two days and nights in Covington, Georgia.

Leather chaps for sale. My in-laws kept the kids while the King and I escaped to a bed and breakfast in Covington, Georgia. Upon our arrival in this charming small town, we were greeted by loud, incessant revving-up of a…

Trips with travel tickets.

Inspired by that amazing Mom’s Minivan, I created some travel tickets that the kids can use to keep up with our trip as we drive to Ohio. Since the baby might require more frequent nursing stops, our travel time is…

“To You”, a poem by Kenneth Koch.

I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnut That will solve a murder case unsolved for years Because the murderer left it in the snow beside a window Through which he saw her head, connecting with Her shoulders…

“To Lou Andreas-Salome” by Rainer Maria Rilke.

In 1897, while roaming the busy streets of Munich, Rainer Maria Rilke met and fell in love with the widely traveled, intellectual woman of letters Lou Andreas-Salomé. His relationship with this married woman, with whom he undertook two extensive trips…

Thoughts on violence and Sandy Hook.

We spent our weekend in Atlanta visiting with extended family- but the story of the Sandy Hook massacre was never far enough from my mind. Every mother who loves her children knows her children- knows in some silent, unspoken way…