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Brief Beauty

So brief, these.So long from seed to blossom—then so quick to drop their petals.But worth the pink while.

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Of literature & Landscaping

 I am being lazy on the literary front by not writing something fresh for this post, but all my spring creativity has been going toward landscaping!So for this month, I’ll just say: I am delighted to have won an Oregon Book Award for my poetry col…

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The Poet Wonders

Nationally, it has been poetry month, but personally, it has been gardening month (with plenty of gravel schlepping!). In the realm of poetry, my collection Hope of Stones was nominated as a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. I wait to hear…

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The Personality of Process: On the Enneagram, the house we built, and marriage

The house foundations last AugustBlobs, spots, specks, smudges, cracks, defects, mistakes, accidents, exceptions, and irregularities are the windows to other worlds.—Bob Miller Part One: In Which I Vent About the Enneagram (Though I Love It, Too)&…

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The Gasket of Grace

To celebrate this month that celebrates relationships, I decided to write about gaskets. I don’t think I really knew what a gasket was until we had three needing to be replaced. First to go was my husband’s kayak drysuit neck gasket (which I …

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Love for the Win

“Heart Wins,” from the Take Heart seriesOnce upon a time, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s reviewing the previous year, evaluating it, and forecasting/goalcasting the year ahead. You might say I was an overachiever with  resolutio…

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Mannerly, Bannerly

This little poem is my wish & my wonder for the New Year:  Mannerly, Bannerly When all manner of bad lands in our laps, and the mean things land in our news feed,what if, instead of responding in kind,we…

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Above the Fog, Above the Fray

 On Saturday, I went Christmas-tree-hunting with my new extended family. We drove out of the foggy valley in trucks, careening up old logging roads into the mountains until we hit sunshine—and snow.  The day was a catalog of goodness: Le…

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Not What I Expected

Once upon a pre-pandemic time, I heard a famous writer say that when she looked back at her life, nothing had turned out the way she’d thought—and that was good. She said she could summarize what she’d learned about life with this simple statement: Not…

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Serenity, Anyone?

In the 1980s, my grandmother had the Serenity Prayer decoupaged and hung in her guest bedroom. When my cousins and I had sleepovers as kids, I always marveled at its simple, rhythmic request:  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I canno…

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