To Not Praise the Devil

On Facebook I’ve been sharing pictures of my Christmas tree and my favorite ornaments, some sentimental, others decidedly silly. And as I posted a photo of the wreath on my front door, bearing the simple message of “Peace,” I was watching the news out of Aleppo. As I write this, a second cease-fire is allowing…

Saturday Song for the Season with Tori Amos

I have lots of other things to blog about but the phrase from an old song, “We need a little Christmas–right this very minute” keeps coming to mind. I’ll share that one soon enough but as my sweetheart is napping on the sofa, a YouTube playlist of Tori Amos songs reeling away on the TV,…

Saturday Songs of Hope

Lots of changes coming to the blog, starting next week, including podcast plans. Meanwhile, between Brexit woes and the dangerous situation that is American politics right now, I thought we could use two Saturday Songs this week. A double-shot reminder that we should hug someone at least once a day because we’re all in this together. Related…

Horses at Midnight Without a Moon, by Jack Gilbert

Poems for Stuart, Part 2 Last time I read a poem by Marie Howe called “The Gate.” It’s one of the poems I considered reading for my friend Stuart who was visiting from Australia, and wished to capture a bit of video in which I would read something that spoke to where my life is…