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. 



Friday, October 12, 2018

Freaky Friday

First we got dressed up to go on a formal Navaratri 
Golu visit...

And then we raced home, got changed (into matching velvet blouses) and walked over to the Wharton Center in the drizzle to see Love Never Dies, which was awful, inappropriate, and long--but the production (set, staging, costumes) was marvelous, darlings.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Nu's Golden Birthday (11 on 11)

And... the only photograph I have from today is this one of her in the basement.

She's working hard, trying to break open the geode, which was one of her presents.

We have three more days of birthday-related activities, and I hope I get better at taking photographs!!