Shopping with my Friend (A Mother’s Gaze)

She stands, arms outstretched under fluorescent lights, holding up the empty shorts, the t-shirts and tanks. Her mother-eyes focus on what is not there, gauging the cloth’s ability to hold, to hug, the ones she loves. Her gaze is fixed just past the things she...

For the Doubtful Gardener and Precarious Beginnings

The paper seed packet read, “Mesclun Mix” and pictured a leafy assortment of lettuces.  The seeds themselves were miniscule, small balls the size of a pin’s head, little shards and spikes in a variety of colors.  I shook them loose into the ground,...

Trust Matters

  It was mid-April 2013 when we sat at the kitchen table with our realtor discussing price points and all of the other details of listing our house for sale. Timing was important to me, I wanted to sell and buy quickly, to have it all said and done by the time...

Growing Season

“I’m feeling the invitation to sow seeds,” I said to a friend and mentor.   // Every year my husband plants the garden.   The children swarm around him like insects, digging and dumping seeds and then, later, when what has been done has been done,...
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