Writing Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 16…

For Day 16, an anagrammatic poem about our cat, Kevin. Kevin Keep her, as in what my husband knew I would say if he pointed out the kitten on our back porch, small and black with ears too big for her head. Every day I tell her the … Read More >>

Madison Monday

Madison Monday: sleeping with…

It really shouldn’t be warm enough in March to sleep with the windows open, but it is. Over the winter, you get used to hearing nothing more than the soft whooshing noise the heating system makes when it kicks on. In the winter, we … Read More >>

Bookish Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 14…

A Light Exists in Spring Emily Dickinson   A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period – When March is scarcely here A Color stands abroad On Solitary Fields That Science cannot … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 10

A good and simple Monday morning poem from Thich Nhat Hanh.     Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. … Read More >>

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Family Thoughts

Sanibel beach

Week of Winter Walking: Day Seven

As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.  Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>

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Nature Thoughts

Cold curried yellow squash soup

What I cooked in June

June is the month of waiting in the garden, at least for me. The show-stoppers of summer vegetables--tomatoes and sweet corn--have largely not yet arrived. I spend a lot of time pacing the garden, looking for signs of the first ripe tomato. In the meantime, there's … Read More >>

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Sociological Thoughts

Sociological fatigue

I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to ask, what is it exactly that … Read More >>

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Pop Culture Thoughts

What I love about Stranger Things

Jeff and I finished watching the new Netflix series, Stranger Things, on Thursday night, giving me plenty of time to reflect on the show and mourn that it's over (at least for now). Here's a list of some of the things I loved about this show: The music, of … Read More >>

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Random Thoughts

The Great Macaron Experiment: Prologue

So there's life before you've tasted a macaron and life after you've tasted a macaron. I discovered this last November in Savannah, which seems an entirely appropriate place to cross the great macaron divide. I had heard talk of macarons, mostly from folks in big … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 15

Thom Brennaman and Chris Welch, the Reds TV announcers, are no Vin Scully. But even these two can't quite ruin the poetry in the language of a game being called.   Silky smooth You’ve gotta love that. That’s a double with style. He had 1 and 11 last … Read More >>

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Bookish Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 13

! An Angry Poem About Peace by Michael Shepherd   This is an angry poem. About those weasel phrases which blow like paper in the street going nowhere, hiding truth, helping us to deceive ourselves. 'The pee-yus pro-sayus' - say it in the Irish … Read More >>

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Madison Monday

A walk along the river in July, or things that are real

This July, I can't get up early enough to beat the heat for my morning walk. Well, I guess I could, but this morning, I didn't. I got down to the river around 8:30 and the fog hadn't quite burnt off. It was one of those mornings when the water is so still, it's … Read More >>

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National Poetry Month: Day 16

For Day 16, an anagrammatic poem about our cat, Kevin. Kevin Keep her, as in what my husband knew I would say if he pointed out the kitten on our … Read More >>

National Poetry Month: Day 15

Thom Brennaman and Chris Welch, the Reds TV announcers, are no Vin Scully. But even these two can't quite ruin the poetry in the language of a game … Read More >>

National Poetry Month: Day 14

A Light Exists in Spring Emily Dickinson   A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period – When March is … Read More >>

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