Mother’s Day 2014

By Laura K. Deal


On this cold, wet, snowy Mother’s Day, my daughters study for their final exams, taking their education seriously, with the background awareness that not everyone on the planet shares this privilege. I hold them in gratitude and pride, for the ways they’ve blossomed because of, and despite, my […]


Years ago my husband and I converted our front lawn into raised flower beds and planted flowers that wouldn’t require as much water in our dry climate as the Kentucky Bluegrass that had been there. I planted peonies because I’d fallen in love with the ones I’d seen blooming in the cemetery in Pipestone, Minnesota. […]

On Runners

Little girls on sled

by Robert Evans

When my daughter was two we set out to go sledding; first layers of sweaters and snowsuits until she was a small spherical bundle, then sanding the rust off runners, then the thermos of cocoa for later.

At the crest of Deadman’s Hill I put my darling aboard. Hold on tight I […]

My Daughter has chosen the Dark Side

You might have to watch this very short video from Stardestroyer65 more than once!    

My Mother Calls to Me

By Nancy Powell


Here beneath this towering tree Atop this granite rock Lazy lying on this bed of straw My mother calls to me

Come, come with longing Blow across my valley Scramble like a goat Up to my highest peak

Sit as the silent breeze Stirs across your face Smell the dusky fire […]