The Thread

William Stafford’s poem, “The Way it is”, is my companion on this first day of a new year. The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard…

Resolve

Time flows on, in ever widening circles, unfazed by our arbitrary markers of “Tuesday”, “10:00”  or “2017”. The struggles, joys, hopes, and fears we carry will be there for us tomorrow, in a new year, if we choose them again. Maybe we need an excuse for a clean slate, a fresh start. Resolutions could be…

2013 Resolution

I have never been terribly successful with resolutions at New Year’s. But in general, a few of the better resolutions have made their way into my life in meaningful ways. A few years ago, I determined to read more poetry. Did I read a poem every day? No. Do I now read poetry regularly? Yes.…

So long, 2012

Dear readers, As we reach the end of another year, I’d like to pause and thank you for reading this blog, for sharing its posts on Facebook and Twitter, and for engaging me in the comments.  You have corrected me when I relied on lazy assumption, and you have supported me when things got personal.…