Category Archives: State of Mind

On why women need to write

  We are the daughters who have learned by age three what to say that pleases our daddies. We are the little girls who dream of riding unicorns and of swimming with dolphins—whispering our secrets to them in their own … Continue reading

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States of Mind–through NYC Haiku

  A Haiku Tribute to New York for National Poetry Month’s End   A million faces with no eyes–my lone nightmare. But morning eyes laugh.   This backseat stranger paid my fare. Who knew I’d find kindness in a cab? … Continue reading

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On Snow in New York City

At the bus stop we stamp our feet to stay warm. The snow is falling huge and heavy. “I’ve been waiting a half hour,” an athletic guy says to no one in particular. “I can’t take much more of this,” … Continue reading

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On Seahawks, Seattle, and Centenarians

12:06pm, Superbowl Sunday  “Grandad, how do you keep doing it?” Even though I now know his answer, today I wish I could be next to him again. I wish I could hear, again, what he would say when I ask … Continue reading

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What if in heaven . . .

  What if in heaven   I find oneness so complete I completely lose myself only to know that I have actually found myself?     What if in heaven   a lighthouse is no longer a beacon against danger– … Continue reading

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Oregon Thanksgiving

We always arrive at night—November days darken early in Oregon. Despite the chill, the beam of the lighthouse draws us down toward the beach, and the unseen music of the waves welcomes us.  I was 12 the year the lighthouse … Continue reading

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On the sizes, solitudes, connections, and collisions of my new life in NYC

  I walk from my small apartment on the first floor of an old house and down two steep blocks to the marina. The early morning light is already casting a glow across the Hudson River. I look toward where … Continue reading

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On crabs, castles, kids, and letting go

It was the last day of our beach vacation at Sandbridge, Virginia—the last night that my two young-adult children and I would be together for several months. Rachel was heading to college in Ohio, and Nicolas was just starting to … Continue reading

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States of Mind–the garden in the beginning

Several years ago as I was driving across the country, I began writing pieces that had to do with the states I was moving through and my thoughts toward what I had experienced in them. Even if my blogs aren’t … Continue reading

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On moving to NYC and other scary opportunities for change

I was laying on my back on one the benches that frame Columbus Circle, looking up at the massive buildings, trying to find the sky. At home in Virginia, the view from my deck is of undeveloped mountains, and I’m used to … Continue reading

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