Crossing The Rift

Crossing The Rift

There’s always a little bit of heaven in a disaster area. —Hugh Romney at Woodstock When former NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti asked me to submit a poem for consideration as part of an anthology commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I was both honored and...
Finding Joy

Finding Joy

The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. – David Steindl-Rast Before my husband retired, we developed a habit of emailing each other three things we were grateful for each day. Being the fairly...
What Winning Looks Like

What Winning Looks Like

I love the Olympic games. Unapologetically, I love the competition and the camaraderie, the skill, the heart, the human desire to push the body to its limits and beyond. I love how the Olympic athletes love their sport. I love the fierce competition and the even...
Home Again

Home Again

…the house is a nest for dreaming, a shelter for imagining. —Gaston Bachelard When my husband and I began making plans to move back to Yancey County, NC, in 2019, I wondered if I was trying to recapture a past time here that I had romanticized. Was this a foolish...
Welcome To My New Blog

Welcome To My New Blog

I’m hoping that this blog will develop into what I try to achieve at poetry readings – a conversation between writer and reader. I’ll be giving you a glimpse into my life, beneath the surface of my social media presence. I plan to write about what’s important to me,...
Disenfranchised Grief

Disenfranchised Grief

I had never heard the term “disenfranchised grief” until I listened to an NPR story on June 14, 2021. Bereavement expert Kenneth Doka coined the term in 1989 to “capture this feeling of loss that no one seems to understand and that you don’t feel entitled to.” He was...