Sunday, July 23, 2017

Young wonders

Patient, and
Unflustered by expectation, the
Little hen
Laid her first
Egg, gaining
The child’s adoration.

With gratitude for leisurely strolls through the Rochester, MN Farmer’s Market.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Big Dipper, for example

A group of
Takes form in human minds,
Evoking a
Stellar navigation for

The Big Dipper is comprised of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major. Thanks to Ptolemy, and to Rich M. for pointing me to

Friday, July 21, 2017


Spontaneous change might cause
Parental surprise when an
Offspring’s features, for example, eyes don’t
Reflect the dominant gene. No matter.
Therein love is still seen.

Thanks for the word, Wiley C.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Miles of storms

Downbursts of wind in bow
Race across the
Endless sky
Hazards, prompting floods;
On a straight course they fly.

With thanks to Dr. Gustavus Hinrchs, who coined the term (1888), and Cathy Wurzer, who shared it on MPR.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

His Achilles’ heel

Cognizant of her well-
Learned skills, she deftly
Engaged the right and
Verified to all the world the
Ruinous blight.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Daily its song
Of love and peace
Voices an
Environmental ease.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Can there be
An animal clearly
Nearer to the heart?
I was once afraid of them.
Now I see the
Empathy they amazingly impart.

Thinking of Tiger and Lucy, Emma and Lynn, all who trained me.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Drumming 101

A cool,
Rudimentary beat,
Like it’s an
Everyday feat.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Family, the gift that keeps on giving

Just what is all this
Nonsense about? Nepotism
Opening a can of
Real worms with clout.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Everything in its place

One by one, the
Rudiments of her work she
Gladly and logically
Neat and ready
Is her space; her
Zeal never
Ever changes.

Thanks for the inspiration, Stacie A.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pause to wonder

Intriguing, this Latin word: shall I
Regard it as a slash? The 
Grammar gendarmes would
Urge me to write a comma, a
Little curl. Alas, the ‘little twig’
Exists in two worlds.

 ,  /  ,   ,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Observing observance

Conventional display of
Social norms, can its
Time-honoredness be
Open to
Mindful forms?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meeting in the library

Jest or no, this
Unusual sight is telling of the
Xenophobic plight of
This world; when
Armies back
Parochial views, the
Outcome is a nation
Suffused with
Intolerance of free-
Thinking citizens. Some see
It as a kind
Of patriotism. Does it
Not join totalitarianism?

A children’s non-fiction collection just happened to end up this way, with books on military juxtaposed to those on religion. It got me thinking about all the wars throughout the history of our so-called civilized world. Is it indeed civilized when governments force their people to think in a particular way? That they disallow questions? That they conflate church and state? I hope our education system will continue to emphasize the importance of critical thinking, of empowering students, of encouraging resilience. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Consider all...

Or offers
The opportunity to choose;
In the case
Of electing officials,
No one ought to

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Keep the investigation alive!

Minding others’ business,
Engaging in their affairs is
Detrimental to the
Larger picture where unbiased
Information and truth are a
Necessity for the ultimate
Goal of a strong democracy.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Us a
Glimpse of our
Extraordinary self.

This word heard from early childhood will always remind me of my mom Glorya and her sister Boots. To them, ‘splurge’ usually meant paying full price for something. It could also be a trinket they bought for themselves after finding thoughtful gifts for everyone else. Thank you, Tina H., for using this word and taking me back in time.

Friday, July 7, 2017


Stones slip down
Covering mountain slopes,
Resting at the bottom in
Ever growing mounds of rocky

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Caw, caw, caw
Repeats the ebony bird; is she the
Only one 
Who speaks this word?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

On the Fourth

Fantastic splashes of
Iridescence celebrate
Wonder expressed in
Oohs and ahs
Reflect a
Kindred youthful

Thank you, dear sister Tina H., for such a lovely time.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Parade across a field
Glittered more than on our
Land’s striped banner,
Evoking a
Desire for peace to be restored.

In the spirit of this word’s Proto-Indo-European root,      *(s)pen-, may we draw upon our united strength to stretch our thinking and help spin our country in a positive direction. While today’s Google doodle might reflect our amazing national park system, one might also contemplate the resilience of nature. And how is our current political climate affecting the world?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Love the tournament

Take the racket,
Engage the ball,
Now whack it over the
Net; keep it volleying
Inside the lines.
Strive to win the set.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Tubular word

Songbirds have this
Y-shaped part. As famous
Reeds in ancient myth
It’d been a nymph who
Needed help or
Xenial ways in pyramids.

Thanks for the word, ever-curious Ruthy M.

Wow. This was a stretch, with that letter ‘x’ and the definition of ‘xenial.’ It means being ‘hospitable,’ especially to strangers, but I couldn’t find definitive information about stone channels in pyramids – one of the contexts in which this word was introduced to me – and their function. In any case, composing this one was a fun experience. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Seize the chance to
Enjoy peace and tranquil
Every moment of this
Now can be drama-

Friday, June 30, 2017


Eventually my
Practical side may win, but
Having now these
Evocative bits, this
Enables me to
A very special day.

Thanks for the word, Jenni P. B.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dancing on the...

Port Angeles people
Enjoy weekly concerts –
Relaxed, spirits buoyed.

Thank you, Tina H. for taking me there. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Trying to
Remember this
As a temporary time is
Noting each
Step, and with that
In mind,
This movement
In space
New insights about change.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Global grains

And aragonite were
Never before in such high


Monday, June 26, 2017

Mighty mineral matter

Rugged earth formations
Offer a glimpse of
Chronological creation – solid
Knowledge for rumination.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Singing down the road

Musing, using an
Unbridled mind,
In motion
Creative notions.

Thinking of Rose and Eric A. with love on their anniversary today.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Getting there

Routes all
Over the countryside
Are ways to reach a
Destination, perhaps where a beloved
Someone resides.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Finding a way

Measured steps to
Anywhere might help a
Person to prepare.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Black beating wings
At night swallow all
The mosquitoes in flight.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

$$$, the bottom line

Costing them
A gazillion dollars, this
Man and woman, did they
Pay for their votes?
At the last moment
I received many notes about this
Game, this sport;
Neither would get my support.  

When will this insanity end? Our elections are all about money and the influence it can buy. This is TOTALLY ridiculous. Where is the substance? Do either of these parties REALLY care anymore about the people they represent?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Heat so high some planes can’t fly
Oppresses the West,
The airlines attest.

This one is for you, Emma and Bryan G. Stay cool!

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19, 1865

Joy filled their hearts when
Numbers were
Emancipated in
Texas on this date, but then they suffered
Every indignity to an  
Even greater, long-lasting degree.
Nevermore shall
This country endorse such
Hateful inhumanity.


Vaguely she was
Aware that her comings and
Goings, her
Aimlessness, was
Of a curious mind; it could
Not dwell in any one place for
Days at a time.

Thanks for the word, Annie G.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The birds and the bees

DNA shows he’s a match
And fortuitous since she
Deemed him a catch.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Taking hold with
Energy and
Not letting go,
A living thing is in
Control until something else
Intervenes; even
Then, it is resolved to face what’s
Yet to be seen.

Thank you, Rose A., for the word and the photo.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fleeting streaks

Valuable rain seen
In shafts evaporates before
Reaching the
Ground; disappointment

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Greed leads

Commonly now about
Opposition, it long ago
People striving together;
Elastic, organic  
The language has been, so
Is it not possible
To change it again?
Is all this vying imperative? Is this
Our final

I wrote this one with yesterday’s word, and the article I cited, in mind. The word itself is an expansive continuum, from innocent children’s games to world powers fighting over territories. We can change our individual sense of competition. Challenge is a good thing, but do we want it to infuse our nature with greed and hatred?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free to compete

Left-leaning thought
In secret
Bombards our
Everyday life.
Reality in this
Anthropocene time is
Lust for freedom
In monetizing matters; the Haves
Screen their dealings behind
Media chatter.

Thanks for the word, Eric A.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trapped inside

Chirp, you little
I know your
Call. I’m down on my
Knees to help you, that’s all.
Echoes of summer
Trail into the fall.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dinner is served!

Centerpiece of welcome,
A bowl of wood or gourd
Adorns the table,
Beckoning guests with
A dish
So rich that time
Has no meaning.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Keep the hose handy

Eventually the penchant for
Skewing the facts
Comes back to haunt a liar.
How does avoiding
Essential truths help
When one’s pants are on fire?

The word ‘skew’ relates to the word ‘eschew.’ With both, avoidance is a key element.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Minnesota, early June

Breathing across this humid
Region it brings relief
Even as the sun rises higher.
Ever blessed are we with precious
Zephyrs that offer much desired

Friday, June 9, 2017


Does “new to this”
Excuse his
Feint to lead?
Enough of this
Nonsense! Indeed,
Such flimsy justification is surely an
Ethical abomination.

Thursday, June 8, 2017


Once two together give
Rise to more, the
Increase causes the stakes to soar. So,
Going back to the very start, does
It useful knowledge impart? Can this
Name what lies in store?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Related to 'legal'

Law-abiding allegiance is
One thing,
Yes, but upholding
Leader’s demands puts
To the test one’s integrity in this
Year of rampant insincerity. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Angry bird

Cheap tweets of
Hasty conclusions
Relations and
Promote collusion.
Still your bill!

Monday, June 5, 2017


Places for play
And adventure, for
Rest or recreation are
Kingdoms of bliss and
Stillness; we’re fortunate in this nation.

Sunday, June 4, 2017