Darkness

“For Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” -Handel’s Messiah (from Isaiah, chapter 60) “Immensity, cloister’d in thy dear womb, [Read More...]

Pancakes, baby kindness, cards addressed, Mary ‘[curled] in a brown pod’

And the list goes on… Listening to Chris Hohorst (Chris Hohorst!) making up a song with August at bedtime: “I’m in the nook! I’m in the reading nook!” How my baby holds his blankey to my face or his pacifier to my mouth…sharing what he loves most with his mama. (Oh, and “MahMahMahMah,” he says.) [Read More...]

The Lord is With Thee

The Lord is With Thee  -from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1 They hail me Mary, full of grace. They bless me: brave, obedient—holy. What would you have said to the twelve-foot, light-soaked man, a gold flecked tower whose honey lips spoke your name? I said Yes. Then ran, traveled days, silent, hungry, purging in [Read More...]

Star

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Star “A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon 
under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”
   -Revelation 12:1 “…keep warm this small hot naked star/ fallen into my arms.”  -Luci Shaw, “Mary’s Song”   After the angel dissolved, I stood among [Read More...]

College Thankful

The boys and I get our "guns up" at my Homecoming game. (Yes, those are streamers around our heads.)

Welcome to Thankful Tuesday on a Thursday. I hope that’s not terribly confusing. I spent the weekend at my college’s Homecoming for my ten-year reunion. Now, let me explain something to you. I did not go to a school known for its academic rigor, though I learned plenty. I didn’t go to a school that [Read More...]

“Forever — is composed of Nows”

We have a new poem, dear memorizing friends. I know you always think I’ve forgotten. But I really haven’t. I’m just waiting and thinking. (Or, more likely, distracted by everything else in my life that’s not poetry.) Did you know that I love Emily Dickinson? I love her for being so very weird. I love her freaky [Read More...]


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