Clang of a dustpan
Hit by a broom:
Dust dancing
In a stream of light
I like sweeping and find it meditative. This haiku offers a sense of the peace I find while doing it.

Birthday Portrait



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Etsy listing available in my shop

Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/191865858/watercolor-blue-woman-looking-forward-by

RV Card Box for Benefit


A friend of mine is coordinating a benefit & asked for a RV wishing well for the cards. After searching the lady’s interests I decided on this motif. The woman is traveling while she is still able. Best wishes Georgia!

Am I Good Enough?

It’s all good. Create something! Then its a piece of you, out there, in the world… Dream until your dreams come true!


Am I Good Enough

I was speaking at a local high school about writing. Afterward, a girl came up to me with a notebook of handwritten poems. She showed them to me shyly and asked,

“Are they good enough?”

I didn’t need to read them to know that they were good enough. She was fifteen. She had a dream. While her friends were playing violent video games and getting pregnant, she was writing poetry. That’s good enough for me.

“They are wonderful,” I said.

I am not sure we were talking about the same thing.

It’s a big question for a writer: am I good enough?

Am I good enough to get published? To get reviewed? To win an award? To make money? To come out in hardcover? To move people to tears? To win the respect of my older brother who said I would never make it?

I advise English majors. Every so…

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Starting a mural project!


This is the starting stages of a mural on a door. The sky extends to the top & the fence, sidewalks, street, & yard will flow to the base of door. (See btm photo) This scenery is what would be on the other side of the door if it were a window (& always warm in CNY).


For more of a perspective, the door is 8′ tall.


Look mom, no tape 😉


Actual view across the street.