Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States
June 02
On the infrequent occasions when I have been called upon in a formal place to play the bongo drums, the introducer never seems to find it necessary to mention that I also do theoretical physics. --Richard Feynman


MARCH 7, 2015 6:49PM

Eventual Healing

  Trees. Photo copyright (c) 2015 CoyoteOldStyle.

Eventually, I suppose, time goes by, or so they say, and the ache gets smaller, the pain gets easier to take. It’s true that risk makes one vulnerable, but I think this time we both were wounded.

A lot was dredged up and I think maybe… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2014 12:34AM

Coyote’s Orange Sugar-Free Meringues

  Orange Meringues! Photo copyright (c) 2014 CoyoteOldStyle.

Everyone loves a treat at holiday time. For some of us, it's difficult to find something that's both festive and healthy. Butter, chocolate and sugary richness seem to be the only way to celebrate, but there can be tasty morsels that won't raise either our blood sugar orRead full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2014 8:17PM

Signal Five

I’m gonna signal five times as I make this turn,” the words crackled from the speakers inside the Lucite box where Steve sat.

He pressed the microphone key, “Ah, Checker with his microphone on the seat, put it on the hook. You’re tying up the air. Nobody else can… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 11:22PM


Photo Copyright (c) 2014 CoyoteOldStyle


Gestation, the preparation, the anticipatory dance

Before the dance.

The overwhelming sense that something wonderful

Is growing

Has grown

Becomes a part of each of us by taking

A bit from her and her and her

Combining them in a sacred… Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2014 12:31PM

Student Loans and Beer

  Photo Copyright (c) 2014 CoyoteOldStyle

I couldn’t stand to be there any longer. I had to escape. I discovered that my best friend felt the same way. 

“Look, Humarock is close and there’s a special at Julio’s so beers are cheap. Let’s go to the beach, wander around and see what happens,&r… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2013 2:03AM


Photo copyright (c) CoyoteOldStyle 2013



Life so luscious

Tendril fingers splayed and filled with

Sap blood bone fiber

Roots like toes clutching deep dark soil

With purpose

Embracing the glowing pinkish purple

Of a sunset’s embers

Tinged with tears

And radiating gradually

To the… Read full post »

APRIL 3, 2013 11:50AM

John Day, Superhero

Taxicabs are mutable things. They start out life in the paint shop with a newly shining skin of brilliant yellow. Bright, easy to see, sunshiny brilliance broken only by the checkerboard detail  applied to the meridian of the vehicle, they roll out of the garage every new shift like happy childr… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2013 3:04PM

Breaking News: Nemo Hits New Hampshire

The leading edge of Nemo was to have started dropping snow on our part of New Hampshire by early afternoon. As far as I could tell, by 10:30 when I went out to hang an additional feeder of sunflower seeds for the wild birds, the snow had started.

 As of… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2013 3:23AM

A Winter Tale

Watery Tree (c) CoyoteOldStyle 2013


She is alone in freezing air
Her finery abandoned
The clouds in mystery appear
To swim with her
Surrounding her leaves
With icy indifference.


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Text & Photograph Copyright © 2013 CoyoteOldStyle.
All Rights… Read full post »

Mmmmm. Its Pumpkin Cheesecake Time! Photo Copyright (c) 2009 CoyoteOldStyle 


Keene, New Hampshire's Pumpkin Festival is just memories now. Thanksgiving is only days away. Pumpkin still is one of the great flavors of harvest time. This cheesecake is creamy and delicious with spicy cinnamon and ginger bringing out the earthiness of the pumpkin. The crust isRead full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2012 12:59PM

Positive Energy for Election Day 2012

Here's a song for today. My husband and I have already voted. In fact, we took other folks to the polls. One of them was a young woman who had never voted. We made sure she registered and that she was able to wield the power each of us has in… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2012 2:39PM

Sleepers Wake




The sleeping giant awakens

To a dawn of bloodred light

Cold realization in the shape

Of season-changing wind

Pushes through years of rusty cobwebs

Allowed to obscure

Expression, personality,

The essence of self.

She steps to the edge of the precipice

And flies.


If you reRead full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2012 12:17PM



 Setting sail on that self journey

Leaves me on the shore holding

Charts, directions that mean nothing

Compasses that spin with no magnetic attraction

Goals are hazy, goals are shimmering behind

A pale gauzy scrim of foreign words

No maps are saved from the harsh shuddering,

Surf l… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2012 2:17PM

The Last Full Measure

 “. . . from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause
for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here
highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain . . . ”

            /… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 7:24AM


  Ice Window. Photograph copyright (c) 2012 CoyoteOldStyle.

Through the window a

Spiral of parking lot players.

A glimpse, a swift impression.

Standing next to me: such presence,

Energy, fusing past memory and

Unknown supposition. A hot splash

Of light, star-shaped, radiates from

Deep inside, engulfing us both

In a narrative that will never occ… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2011 7:08PM

Green Friday

fir tree seedlings in situ. Photograph copyright (c) 2011 CoyoteOldStyle  

For many years, my Christmas tree came not from a lot or a store, but from the acres of land where my grandfather lived. Each year after Thanksgiving he and I would meet at his house, dressed in Sorels, parkas and heavy gloves, grab a hand saw and head out… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 7:12AM

For Timmy on Veterans Day

Reposting this poem on Veterans Day 2011 is fitting. My friend Timmy never came back from Vietnam. His body didn’t die there but his spirit was changed forever. Timmy existed in a world of pain medicated with VA prescriptions and street drugs and alcohol. He put himself into situations during wRead full post »

orange mum 2011. photograph Copyright (c) 2011 CoyoteOldStyle

My friend, micalpeace, has an excellent post that speaks to the frustration we all have felt at Open Salon over the treatment of others by trolls, unkind commenters and people who, instead of keeping quiet and moving on or saying something nice, have seen fit to fill our comment… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2011 12:26PM

Woman and Man

Palm Frond in Sunlight. Photograph Copyright (c) 2011 CoyoteOldStyle.


Man has conquered air and space
The vast reaches of open water
Ocean depths and icy steppes,
The frozen wastelands,
The farmers' plains
And sky-scratching mountains.
Earth contains no explosive eureka moment.
But the fire of a woman's tears,
The ache of a thousand miles
Of physical distance bri… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2011 10:03AM

Songs You Will Not Hear

 Crushed Truck. Photograph Copyright (c) 2011 CoyoteOldStyle


I hold this pile of despair,
Ashes with pieces of memory,
Charred bits of bone
Severed from the whole cloth
That blanketed our connection.

I sing to you songs
That you will not hear
Echo from room to room.
Tacit spaces are the best
For an unvoiced poem.

An armful of flowers
Gathered in t… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2011 10:26AM


Stand at the edge
Of a granite place
So high that trees
Quit growing in the
Face of all that beauty.
Put your trust in
Something that you
Cannot see,
Or touch or hear,
A thing that you only
Can feel, can contact
With the fingertips of
Your heart.

Vow to… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2011 10:50AM

Coyote Bakes Plum Kuchen

Mmmmmm. Plum cake! Copyright (c) 2009 CoyoteOldStyle


My Japanese plum trees are groaning with their bounty. For the second day in a row, I have picked dozens of tiny, perfect fruit. Without too much effort, my thoughts turn to baking a cake that is rich with butter and sugar but isn’t too sweet. I can pictureRead full post »

JULY 27, 2011 9:27PM

Darkroom, Part 1

The kisses were oh so sweet and full of passion, totally abandoned, without self-consciousness or artifice. They kissed as if there was no beginning or end. They kissed in the dark and created light and shadow and contrast. They kissed amidst the chemicals and the running water. They kissed surrounde… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2011 12:45PM


They’re always so comely,
Wearing fragile, filmy gowns.
A distant breeze ruffles their
Blond/auburn/raven hair.
They stand at a window, a widow's walk
On a land’s end precipice
Waiting for their fulfillment:
The man who will complete all
Those empty jigsaw places and make their
Inner Mona… Read full post »

Kennedy Space Center. Photograph Copyright (c) CoyoteOldStyle 2011

There was no email from NASA in my inbox yesterday.

No invitation from #NASATweetup #STS135.

Earthbound again.

This spring I was fortunate enough to get tickets to the launch of STS-134, the last flight of the shuttle Endeavour. I made not one but two pilgrimages to Kennedy Space… Read full post »