Gifts for the New Year

I’ve been quiet lately–since about Thanksgiving, actually, and have been wondering why I don’t seem to have a writing voice. It happens to writers far more prolific and skilled than I, so I haven’t worried much about it, thinking the shorter days had brought a time of gathering, of rumination. So yesterday I was a […]

A Fellow Bird

A little girl, perhaps eighteen months old, accompanied her mom into the bank lobby where I was waiting a few days ago. The young woman seated across from me spoke to her, “Hi. What’s your name?” The little girl didn’t answer verbally; instead she trotted the ten or so feet over to the young woman […]

New Life

(such a sky and such a sun i never knew and neither did you and everybody never breathed quite so many kinds of yes)                                   –E. E. Cummings The past week in the Texas hill country was one of noticing new life in progress:  two pairs of scissortail flycatchers flying in front of me as […]