See All Posts...


Forsythia   Barely April, we saw her – bright yellow bursting bravely into the chill day. Too foolish to wait for the safe warm days and nights, the proper dressing of green leaves, she rushes into the world as if she knows we need her, sunny yellow along her exposed branches, too eager to wait, too […]

April 9

    (Writing along for National Poetry Month, using a prompt from the sweet site A.L.M.) Sunny Side Up They wake, sometimes, calling my name, or kicking at the blankets like shackles, or sometimes I am the one panting, trickling sweat, half-believing the dream was really lived – I am out walking in the woods, […]

Out of the Deep Winter

As the last snows melt, and the sun begins to warm more than the top inch of soil, I’m starting to really believe that we made it – spring is here! Whew. This was a long. long. winter, in all senses of the phrase.  We had, like many places, deep snows (which we often do) […]

March 20

  Spring Equinox   Today, we woke up happy.  We fed the horse, the sheep, we spread out a blanket on the living room floor and had a breakfast picnic, giggling.  The sun warmed us, we opened the windows, we remembered this life’s perfection. The day went on, and we forgot. We were cranky, tired, […]


When spring comes it breaks us open like mercy like we have finally been forgiven. (c) Adrie Lester    

Something Taken.

A little poem, written long ago when we were first starting this business. These days, I feel that an awful lot is being taken. Except for my family, which I am treasuring.  Waiting to see what happens next. * * * After a week of warmth, I step into the cold, crisp night and find […]

The Fox

The Fox   Of course I thought of you when I saw him— the blue-grey fox waiting in the frosted grass for my car to move on so that he could cross the road. I thought how greedy I am— I want and want— and, amazingly, I have been given everything I ever truly wanted. […]

Feb 20

This week, I started to feel some confidence creeping back, in fits and starts. I started to remember that I have lived most of my life believing that mistakes are eventually forgiven, that we are surrounded by love, even if our eyes and hearts are sometimes shut tight with fear or worry. Tonight, I’m spending […]

Jan 24

The Full Weight Last night your full weight came down upon us. The dogs’ paws were twitching in their happy dreaming, but you watched us from the dark wood statue of the monk, his sorrow lined face. We were clutching each other on the couch, waiting for your weight to lift, but instead you settled […]

Thoughts for a Happier New Year

Thoughts for a Happier New Year . . . last year was pretty challenging, friends, and this one may be even trickier. Here a few reminders to myself that I’ve been mulling over – perhaps some of them will be useful to you, as well.   Get outside, every day. Practice yoga. Keep the house […]