April 12, 2019

I included a video in my newsletter yesterday & I wanted to take it back the minute I released it. But pressing “send” means tha​t's​ that. 

Naturally, I watched the video repeatedly. I listened to my voice ​grow singsong; I watched my own head bob and wobble - how strange t...

February 16, 2019

"Once there lived a king and queen who were rich and had everything they could wish for but no children. She complained day and night about this, and said,

"I am like a field on which nothing will grow."

Opening lines of "The Donkey," a Grimm's tale


And once there was a student w...

November 11, 2018

Our willow tree - what remains of it - has dropped a mighty branch into our back yard. It made a great, ripping sound and then returned to silence.

November 11, 2018

On the last night, my son stood watch over the good dog Beamer who was in undisclosed pain and couldn’t bear to be alone. I couldn’t sleep either, so I lay in bed and listened to Peter labor with our old darling -  who wanted out. Eighty pounds limp in his arms, Pete went down the...