While others were holding high tea parties in honor of the royal wedding, I was preparing snacks for 100 plus and spiffing up the place for the weekend artisan tour of Sixteen Hands, of which my Asheville potter son Josh is a member. Josh isn’t here but his pottery is, along with the work of [...]
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Archive for April, 2011
__________________ I want to write a poem that doesn’t feel like homework or look like a grocery list ________________ one I can float down the river for my friend Mara’s birthday and trust that it knows its way to the ocean _________________ I want to write a poem that earns its own paycheck and doesn’t [...]
1. My son Josh calls this photo of him in Australia “Swimming in Succulents.” I call it “Andrew Wyeth Painting on Acid. 2. I need professional help and by that I mean a hairstylist. 3. Every time I drive home from town and go up the dirt hill on Woods Gap Road, I think of [...]
As seen through the Floyd Barber Shop, Oddfellas Cantina, Bell Gallery, Troika Gallery, the Farmer’s Supply, and New Mountain Mercantile.
In my bright turquoise crocs that someone left at Joe’s sister’s beach house and my dirty green gardening shorts, I walked with my weekend houseguest down our long gravel driveway singing “in your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it,” stopping first to pull down a branch of an apple tree and sniffing the [...]
Today I’ve been thinking about writer’s menopause. Do I have just so many stories in me like I had so many eggs? Does writing so much about other people’s lives keep me from fully living my own? I think all this writing could be an exercise to guard against Alzheimer’s and other kinds of memory [...]
~ The following was published in The Floyd Press on April 21, 2011. Land’s Sake, Floyd’s first annual Earth Day event, featured student poster and essay contest winners, over 30 booth displays, local food vendors, keynote speakers and a panel of farmers discussing the challenges and opportunities of small farming in Floyd. Attendees of the [...]
1. Babysitting my grandsons yesterday: I don’t know why they call it babysitting when there is no sitting involved. 2. Seven month old Liam’s t-shirt read: “Sorry, I’m taken.” My favorite t-shirt of his almost 3-year old brother Bryce says: “I do my own stunts.” 3. When I was a girl I thought the old [...]
~ The following was published in the spring edition of All About Her, a regional newspaper insert magazine. Polly Hieser runs the oldest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Floyd County and one of the oldest CSAs in the country. In 1991 she and Ron Juftes founded Seven Springs Farm, named for one of the [...]
Somewhere in between covering Floyd’s big Earth Day expo, Land’s Sake, and going to the relocation opening of Troika gallery, we managed to celebrate our old friend Marsh’s and his wife Dana’s visit to Floyd with some impromptu hooping at Dogtown’s Winter Sun. Watch the videos HERE and HERE.
I was thinking maybe I should write a poem about autism since April is National Poetry Month and National Autism Awareness Month, so I stopped for a moment to reflect on what that would look like and realized that I wasn’t up for an angry rant, so I canned the idea. I am so upset [...]
1. It’s a wake-up call when your birdseed costs more than any other single item on your grocery list. 2. But maybe getting THESE shots makes it worth it. 3. Speaking of wake-up calls, the ocean takes another big hit. First we had the BP oil spill and now Japan is dumping millions of gallons [...]
~The following was published in The Floyd Press on April 7, 2011. Jagadisha’s name was given to him by his teacher and means Lord of the Universe. “Every time someone calls my name, it’s a wake-up reminder to think of God,” said the classically trained musician who teaches chanting and nada yoga, the ancient science [...]