Friday, October 19, 2018

Who Am I?

I spent three hours in the mall today waiting to pick up Big A's birthday gift. I browsed nearly everywhere but    did     not     spend     a     single     dollar.

I'm sure I wasn't this focussed and responsible even five years ago.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Woods Are Lovely

Not sure why my sweet walking friend L took this picture, but here it is.

This is Bakersfield Woods, and for someplace right on campus, it sure is mysterious and beautiful.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018


I start with the titles of food
attaching surprise ingredients
until label matures into recipe

Tomato-cucumber-salad with
cumin-roasted eggplant + feta
layered on a spring mix base...

Sadly like a mom, I bring jokes:
autumnal hope springs eternal--
I say--before everyone leaves.

At went back to college yesterday, and three other students driving back up to Alma stopped to have dinner with us.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

In Autumn

My hands are birds praying
in time to heart beat, my feet.

Fingers flying across the open
face of my phone, I am looking

for you in a midwestern town
where you have never lived

I am looking for my father
I am looking at my father

I am writing our name in pain
even as the pen runs dry, dies


*This was supposed to be a picture of autumn tones in Bakersfield Park, but my phone died as I tried to take a picture. As best as I can tell, it died... from the cold? Apparently winter is coming for more than just tropical me.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time for the Partay!

Last night at the Whitmer reception committee meeting, the host was incredulous that we were still celebrating Nu's birthday. "How long is her birthday?" I don't know... I'd celebrate every day :D.

But today was the musical-themed party and I DID get pictures.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sleepover Saturday

They arrived in the early afternoon--a bestie from Nu's old school, best Girl Scout friend, and new neighbor friend, knowing only Nu, but soon they were laughing uncontrollably at everything including toothbrushes, sharks, index fingers, manufactured a scary interlude with a smiley-face balloon, raced trains, and fell asleep very, very late.


They look like they're in a band... and they come by that naturally, but maybe they picked up some cool moves at MSU's a capella show also.