A Bouquet for My Mother

Prickly pear cactus blooms always remind me of my mother.  They seem to flower here in the Texas hill country around Mother’s Day every year, and they’ve been coloring the landscape with their sunny faces this week: After I became an adult, when I would visit my mother–before she started the long Alzheimer’s decline toward […]

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 […]

Something I Might Not Deserve

A few weeks ago, I paused when I read the following news headline: “Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end.” This discovery evidently made astronomers rethink the size of the cosmos.  It made me think, though, of […]