Saturday, October 07, 2017

Every morning you greet me

Welcome back, says a cluster of Bougainvillea 


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Homecoming (at the office)

The whole fambam in my office 
just before the parade.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Sometimes the puppies and I hang out in At's room
...and we usually get busted.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I thought I was lost on the way to work
because the light and the leaves were so different 
from yesterday


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

So Far Away

At had us pose for this pic 
up at Aunt R's lace on Lake Huron 
so he could put it up in his dorm. 

"Don't turn around," he called out 
as we walked up the dock, 
"don't look back."


Saturday, August 26, 2017

College Kid

We managed a hurried 'we-fie' with At when we dropped him off at College yesterday. 
He's bunking with his best friends from school and so excited and ready for this. 

Don't look at the crumpled up lunch napkins on the table in front of me...
I may have decided to get the crying over with over lunch 
instead of at the opening convocation 
so as to not terrify the other parents...


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Here and Now

It's past 2:00 a.m. and I'm about to try get some sleep for a string of errands and a coffee date with a binder sister (Z) in the morning.

It's just that I'm trying hard to eke out a few more minutes here because I just know that my dreams are going to be an apocalypse-themed torment. What with threats of "fire and fury as the world has never seen" and having read a bunch of climate change poetry for a new class prep.

If you're wondering about the best place to take cover in case of a nuclear fallout, I've got you covered.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Grandparents are so brave

they'll even take naughty puppies to the bank
(Parents aren't doing so well:
Hurry home, Huck!)


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cleverly Disguised

Not sure why I took this picture
he's so lovely/ we gave him that tee/
I love him


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

I did something right

Big A took a picture 
of freezer-foraged dinner
(veggie burger/english muffin/fried egg)


Thursday, June 22, 2017

When a Banker Says...

that they work with families 
on Detroit's Eastside,
they deserve their own 
thank-you copy.


Monday, June 19, 2017

In other news:

NuNu: Mama did it all by herself!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

NuNu helped clear a bed for the veggie garden :)

Monday, June 05, 2017

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The First Year

Living somewhere new 
is full of garden surprises.

(Rhododendron by the Front Door)

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring Spirit

This picture makes me smile because it's so green and lovely and all the kids are outside; it makes me chuckle because A is pretending that little NuNu is heavier than the-newly-18 Atit makes me laugh out because while Huck is all excitement and tail aflutter, Scout is crouching in the background just trying to poop.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spring Term and the Loving is Easy

Scout came to class today
there was so much love
(from and for)
this baby.


Hamilton, Sir.

At didn't want to miss prom
so just those of us who're 
not going to college 


Friday, May 12, 2017

It's Kind of Silly, Really

I end up 
loving every class.

Potter Park Zoo 
and then
I made them lunch


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cherry Blossoms/Sakura

At used to sing a song he'd learned at school 
to Nu while she was in my belly

I like to think she perked up at the song 
when he sang it to her in the outside world

Plot Twist: When A and I attended the concert 
where the song was sung...

It sounded *nothing* like what 
we heard at home :D 


Friday, May 05, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

S's Visit (Part 2)

There couldn't be an apter picture of these two who 
bring so much light and excitement 
everywhere they go 

Broad Art Museum
Laser Display

Friday, March 24, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Woke up like this

Came home to news that 
he'd gotten into his first choice
(with a bunch of scholarships)
last night.

SO much celebrating
until we went to see 
Logan and then cried 
all night.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sometimes, Love

is a chat with an old student 
who baked a loaf of green bread
for St. Pat's day and drove here 
from 45 minutes away


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Daughter to Mama

"I made a new poem," she says.
"Let's hear it then," I say, half-listening as I start pulling dinner prep together.

"You can take the NuNu out of the Mama
You can't take the Mama out of the NuNu"

Reader, I melted.

(Turns out she actually said MoMA because she's really into making art; but I heard what I heard.)


Monday, March 13, 2017

Houseplants Are Dirty

With no warning or precedent
the corn plant that had been 
growing taller for five years
sprouts tuberose flowers.

I feel so sad, I said to the teenager
that it's trying so hard to propagate.
He said: I can't believe you'd care 
so much about some horny plant.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

NuNu has Haiku

Dog Dog Dog Dog Dog
Dog Dog Dog Dog Dog Dog Dog 
Dog Dog Dog Dog-Poop

For the best effect, each "dog" should be in different tones of delight, love, and play (until the surprise ending, of course).


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reading Buddy

All weekend long
we caught reading time 
together in the loft

(And yes, it was 
really so bright
she had to wear a hat.)


Thursday, March 09, 2017


 International Women's Day/
Day Without Women

(I was tossing my head 
to keep the hair out of my face.
Meanwhile, in Lansing...
trees were falling all over our house)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


It was a beautiful day,
but crazy windy.
On the highway
the car slid around 
from lane to lane.

Then we came home 
to this. Scary. There's 
a branch coming
through the ceiling
of NuNu's room.


Monday, March 06, 2017

The Magic

Image may contain: cloud, sky, outdoor and nature
of being able to take pictures of the sky
as your teenager drives home