An Olive Sunset

An olive sunset/The first ever I’ve witnessed/feathered autumn hues

Finally, a haiku writing challenge!  Faithful readers are aware of my unfortunate/propensity for haiku/on odd occasions.

Haiku, it is been reported (by at least one chipper laboratory rat), is among poetic forms so powerful as to possess healing powers.

Here, in haiku form, are five sights for which I am thankful this week:


His brethren flew off

One plump stalwart remained, perched



Awaiting late flight

Driving rain, Boston traffic

Still magical light


Coral twilight’s masts

Vertical, horizontal

Lines of land and sea

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Vivid horizon

 Afternoon sky mottled by

Clouds like shed snake skin 


Curled against the cold

Beagle brothers share nap time

Lit by dazzling sun


Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in the Life

I haven’t exactly had writer’s block, but I’ve had a bit of blogger’s block.  I’ve had no trouble filling reams of paper filled with work-related words, but I have been unable to complete several meandering posts.

Thankfully, I can always count on the weekly photographic challenge, which asks us to share our day.

So many things were easier when the children were little.

Everything was easier and more balanced with light and wit when Jim was here to be a parent to our children, too.

Some days were extraordinarily ordinary.

Some were filled with excitement the children could barely contain–days like the one celebrated in The Birthday Moon.

Other days seemed a calamitous cascade at the time–like the one commemorated in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

The latter’s author, Judith Viorst, elsewhere observed, “Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.”

Well, I don’t have that kind of strength.  Not nearly.

But I can summon enough strength to get through days which have become a bit more complicated.

So here was my day, in picture. . . and in bonus haiku, if you click on the photographs.

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