In high school, we read a poem titled “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” by William Butler Yeats. I’ll admit, I read this poem as part of required reading, and probably skimmed over anything I didn’t know. If I ever knew what a “wattle” was, I certainly didn’t remember for today’s post. If you had asked … More What the Heck is a Wattle!?
Manuscript Monday again, and today I’m reading some poetry for inspiration. Just saw a new one by one of my favorites, Lynne Knight, so I’m sharing that with you here: ON HEARING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS’ DIAGNOSIS This is the kind of poetry that moves me. She is accessible, but with such imagery and language that … More Inspiration
Did you figure out where we’re going yet? I’m giving the final clues in today’s post. The following map is one: I’m also announcing the winner of the last contest for creating another special Flat Stanley. Congratulations to Leo R, of WalktoRio2016, who won the contest with this memorable entry: Morning Dew I woke up … More The Pee Poem
Good grief! I saw a recent WordPress announcement that November is National Blog Posting Month. NaBloPoMo. Seriously? I guess that’s a thing now. In fact, it seems anything is a *thing* and every month is something-or-other-month. So I’m adding my own. In honor of the winners (yes, two people tied for first place!) of the … More NaNoFlatMo? What Month is it, Anyway?
When I was choosing a photograph to give you today, I decided to focus on what we saw on our recent road trip: Sugar cane. We were passing the fields of Selati Sugar, near the Malelane entrance to Kruger National Park. Depending on which field you passed, the cane was in several stages of growth. … More Sugar Cane and… “Sugar Cane”
Our holiday in Paris for Bastille Day included a tour away from the city to the Palace of Versailles, where I could not stay focused on everything around me because my attention was always toward the ceiling. I loved playing with the light and angles in my photography, and wanted to share one of the … More A Ceiling in Versailles
I have been trying to slow life down lately, and one of the things I’ve done is to be more choosy with my online time, to read more, and take in the daily life around me. I’m so glad I’ve been making these changes, because I’m getting more time to read the wonderful posts by … More How Lucky I Am to Know a Poet Like You
Just a brief announcement on this Manuscript Monday that one of my poems has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2014 issue of Pea River Journal. I usually wait until publication date to post my news, but since Pea River Journal is already listing contributors on their site, I thought I would share early … More A Poem Forthcoming
Do you have a nursery rhyme or poem, or saying from childhood that still stays with you? In my case, I internalized a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: There was a little girl By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead. When … More There Was a Little Girl…
Happy World Elephant Day! Did you know there was a World Elephant Day? I only recently learned about this day, marked to “bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants.” In honor of the day, I wanted to share some photos taken during a recent trip to Pilanesberg of a bull elephant … More Elephant vs. Tree: Trunk to Trunk