Karla K. Morton: New and Selected Poems (2010), TCU Texas Poets Laureate Series The Wonder Is: New and Selected Poems 1974-2004 by Jan Epton Seale Poems require a particular kind of attention, and I can absorb the dense phrasings of poetry only in small doses. In 2011, I met both the 2010 and the 2012 […]
Monthly Archives: November 2012
“I had her 52 years and 11 days.” In 1995, Nick Nickerson was a widower moving away from our town to marry a long-time friend. A slender, youthful looking man in his late seventies, Nick greeted me warmly, and spoke with a lively light in both his voice and his eyes. He was selling some […]
Nature’s color is wondrous; this photo has not been enhanced in any way.
An October day a few years ago: On this crisp bluest-sky morning, I am doing something I love, horseback riding with friends, but I’m not really focusing on what I am doing. Instead I am worrying about an appointment I have this afternoon, fretting about the need for this MRI I will undergo and mentally listing […]
Nature gives us so much, including simple opportunities for exercising our observational skills. We don’t have to be John Muir to appreciate the sensual gifts of nature, nor do we have to travel far. Here are some easy ways we can practice wonder. Be aware: Notice weather patterns: wind direction, cloud types, humidity levels. Notice plant and leaf shapes. Notice whether the […]
Sometimes the realities of our days include the illness of dear ones, news of sobering setbacks, problems that seem to us unfixable—all of us know these. But we can use wonder as a prism to break the hard light of each day into what the poet E.E. Cummings called “secret glories.” Cummings said that an […]