Flying Kites Down the Stairs
MY RECENT POSTS
- Sunday Dinner: Mom's Spaghetti
Sauce and Meatballs
April 19, 2011 07:59AM
- Spring Blooms
April 12, 2011 10:30PM
- Missing: My Writing Self
June 17, 2010 10:17AM
- Winter Oasis: Chicago's
Garfield Park Conservatory
January 03, 2010 11:50PM
- The Fourteenth Kid
January 06, 2010 12:30AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Nice to see you, too,
Stim. Thanks for stopping by.
April 19, 2011 12:59PM
- “A great take on TV and
friendships. Nice job relating
to your own
April 19, 2011 09:22AM
- “Beautiful bread.
Beautiful words. Yum! The
April 19, 2011 09:11AM
- “Such evocative images!
They reminded me of a Spring
April 19, 2011 09:03AM
- “One of my favorite
lunches is Athenian Room's
Chicken. Stim's right
April 13, 2011 09:11PM
- MY LINKS
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I’m making Mom’s spaghetti sauce and meatballs for Sunday Dinner. Mom grew up in an Italian-American household, but she and her siblings were encouraged to be more American than Italian, despite a father who’d come from Bari as… Read full post »
I drifted away from her, convinced we’d grown apart.
I ignored her, turned a deaf ear to her voice, shut her out of my everyday life.
I turned my back on her. Denied she existed, and didn’t beckon her from hiding. Allowed her to… Read full post »
"A park should be a place of natural scenery......to find needed rest and comfort." Jens Jensen (designer of the Conservatory)
Jensen knew what he was talking about, and a recent visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory offered a warm retreat from the icy Chicago winter. Th… Read full post »
I wanted a few more days off, despite the two week break. Grumbled at the alarm clock and shivered despite my long johns as I warmed up the car. Instead of feeling grateful that I'd had the time for breakfast with my family and dancing to bluegrass with my best friend,… Read full post »
In stops and starts, we move forward, like that old kids’ game. Red light. Green light. Green light. Red light. Sometimes we’re sent back to the beginning, if we overstep or try to move ahead too quickly.
Divorcing was definitely a move forward for me, but it… Read full post »
I always think I should just stuff my jeans with sacks of sugar and pounds of butter, instead of making cookies for the holidays. I could avoid all the shopping and baking, and I’d have the same bulges I always wind up with after Christmas… Read full post »
The holiday is over, and if your dinner was an exercise in endurance, now's the time to take back the kitchen and restore order. You may have gotten enough flakiness from your family, but if you prefer yours in pie crust, tuck some of those leftovers into a Turkey… Read full post »
Instead of allowing
my usual complaints and dissatisfactions to drum my mood like
November drizzle, I'm using this exercise to find the bright spots
already in my life.
I’m thankful I have a body that continues to function, a mind that continues to grow, and the space and… Read full post »
Nature drops rainbows underfoot to crunch,
bathes leaves in brilliant sun,
pools colors in the puddles.
A distraction? The end's inevitable,
and the path is clear.
We'll shrug off life, like Autumn's blanket.
Why do some plants have to die to spread their seeds?
Spent and brown, pods burst in a last ditch effort to live on.
I prefer lantana's plan - seeds form amid the flowers.
Buds and blooms and seedpods together on one stalk.
Mingling generations.… Read full post »
My mother’s girlhood poems are recorded in white ink on black pages, in a book intended for photographs. The pages are brittle, and some of them have disconnected at their perforations, so that when I open it now they flutter to the floor if I’m not careful.… Read full post »
Kris T. Parker has an open call for stories about scars. While I can't support her theory that everybody has a scar near their eye or chin, I can offer my own examples of stitches and disfigured digits.
My only two are both on my left hand. The first is… Read full post »
One yellow schoolbus, with driver.
Fifteen preschoolers, three teachers.
Hats, mittens, saltines and juice-boxes.
First aid kit, spare set of dry clothes.
Tissue and paper towels. Papers and markers. Bag of books.
Nature Center. Pond. Trails crunchy with leaves.
Bathr… Read full post »
I’m waiting for the last two kids to be picked up after my morning class. Emily and Jane are sitting on the steps inside the doors, clutching rolled-up easel paintings, and I stand in the doorway, peering through the drizzly rain for their folks’ arrival.
I’m trying… Read full post »
Working with kids means I’m privy to an astounding amount of personal information. Kids don’t censor themselves, so I’m often informed about what was served for breakfast, how their Dad sounds when he is mad, who sleeps where, and what sort of underwear they wear.
I’ve been peed on, puked on, and am snotted on regularly in my preschool classroom. I’ve become familiar with the signs of impending leakage, and spend a good part of my day offering tissues instead of my pants leg and asking if someone has to use the potty. I’ve… Read full post »
I came home from work with the idea I'd jot down a little story from the classroom. Nothing heavy, just a smile from my day to share with all of you. When I opened to my blog, posts from some of my favorites sounded so good I thought I'd just sample… Read full post »
As the bottle spun I was terrified it would land on me, and the only reason I didn’t try to melt into the wood paneling that lined my Aunt’s basement was the friend my cousin Paul had invited to his first boy-girl birthday party. Irv had feathered blonde hair and teeth… Read full post »
I’m glad I taught my daughter Amy to feed herself. Starting in infancy, when I sprinkled frozen peas on her high chair tray, or handed her a spoon to hold while I fed her, I invited her to get in on the action. She’d practice that pincer grip on the peas,… Read full post »
I’m learning to paddleboard. You may have seen
paddleboarders, if you live near any body of water. The board is
long, like a surf board, but you stand on it, and paddle along.
Well, paddleboarders stand on it – I’m still
It’s a step in my plan to one day… Read full post »