July 06, 2019


Yes, it's that time of year again... we are heeding the call of the great outdoors! You can leave us messages in the comments below (although we probably won't read them until we get back), or, even better...

If you're reading this between July 7th and July 16th, here's your big chance to make our day at camp!


Call the North of Highland Camping Area office and ask the very nice folks there to leave us a note on the camp message board, which is also a big thrill. That number (good from July 7th through the 16th or so) is 508/ 487-1191, and office hours are pretty much all day with the exception of meal breaks from noon-1pm and again from 6-7pm. Folks who leave us messages go DIRECTLY to the top of my postcard-writing list. #JustSayin




(The message board at camp on a good day)

Even if you don't have a chance to send a message our way, we know we can count on you to send warm and sunny thoughts... right? And a special thanks to the excellent neighbors who are keeping watch on our little house until we get back.



(I'll still be writing at least one haiku each day,
but won't be able to post them while we're gone.
Watch this space for "haiku-palooza" 
once we return!)

July 05, 2019

July 04, 2019

independence day —
building a chosen family
when the first one fails



July 03, 2019

red-winged blackbird —
knowing our song sounds broken
and singing anyway


Photo: CountryMouse13, Flickr

July 02, 2019

new summer haircuts —
the girl I met at Pride
invites me home


July 01, 2019

June 30, 2019

leftover sunshine
still warming the back of my neck —
last day of June


June 29, 2019

unwinding ivy
from a half-choked spirea —
her hair after braids


unwinding ivy
from a half-choked spirea —
her hair after braids


June 28, 2019

But I just got here!
(my father’s words when the nurse
brought me out to him)


June 27, 2019

June 26, 2019

we walk barefoot
so our toes, at least, are cool —
fireflies drifting up


(for J.D.)

June 25, 2019

gone-to-seed grass
tipped with the first sun in days —
when I make her laugh


June 24, 2019

June 23, 2019

just the two of us
building chords out of echoes —
private hotel pool


June 22, 2019

solstice fawn still
where her mother said to wait —
I mow half the lawn


June 21, 2019

June three-quarter moon —
so bright we think we can see
still longer days ahead


June 20, 2019

mid June
each day a little longer  —
babies learning to smile


June 19, 2019

last days of high school —
the flowers we just planted
beaten down by rain


June 18, 2019

wading through
creeks that appeared just today —
Father’s Day


June 17, 2019

last season’s bulbs
in garden holes we dug today —
sweet like picture books


June 16, 2019

each hop
a little higher than the last —
eaglets learn to fly


June 15, 2019

seven years later
once I’d forgotten to hope —
magnolia blossoms


June 14, 2019

June 13, 2019

our boy brags
that his parents don’t fight —
we take turns smiling


June 12, 2019

piercing dawn —
the eagle consumes the world
just by looking


June 11, 2019

this year’s goslings
still fuzzy around the edges —
spring dance at the middle school


June 10, 2019

seeing the fox,
I feel my heart tick up a beat —
even in memory


June 09, 2019

windy summer day —
I hear my father saying
the backs of the leaves mean rain


June 08, 2019

someone else’s jokes
remind our boy of grandpa —
almost Father’s Day

(h/t @LittleOnion)


June 07, 2019

June 06, 2019

we spend all morning
beating back bamboo he planted —
inheritance tax


June 04, 2019

lake’s edge —
blue herons tiptoeing through
the space between clouds


June 03, 2019

young love —
trying to follow the barn swallows
as they dip and glide


June 02, 2019

June 01, 2019

May 31, 2019

at last a cloudless night —
we look across, then out,
hearts full of longing


May 30, 2019

watch this, look at me! —
all up and down the block
kids and their new tricks


May 29, 2019

May 28, 2019

not a sound and yet —
heat lighting to fireflies,
call and response


May 27, 2019

foggy through the pass —
as we climb up and over
our vision extends


May 26, 2019

May 25, 2019

peonies and mint —
spontaneous late night tea
with a friend


May 24, 2019

beneath the birdsong
I feel myself listening
for the sound of her step


May 22, 2019

summer peeks in —
we leave the window open,
kick off the blankets


May 21, 2019

their petals unfurled
irises at the garden’s edge
yearning and leaning


May 20, 2019

less inviting now —
the prospect of sleep
while she’s away


May 19, 2019

fiddlehead ferns
fiercely working their way up
through patio cracks


May 18, 2019

a girl who looks like you —
far overhead, the full moon
keeps tugging away


May 17, 2019

a kind of sweet dream
that comes flickering back —
our long shared past


May 16, 2019

flattened circles
where the deer lay dreaming
amidst iris stalks


May 15, 2019

May 14, 2019

a pause in the rain —
we pop outside
to cheer on the rhodedendron


(Hat tip to @sassafrasMama... this was basically a "found" haiku.
https://twitter.com/SassafrasMama/status/1128442263263223809)

May 13, 2019

May 12, 2019

May 10, 2019

front yard bunny —
convinced that all the clover
is here for her


May 09, 2019

already empty —
the nest by the back door
we tiptoed around


May 08, 2019

Ramadan moon —
there when we see it and also
when we don’t


May 07, 2019

thunder’s slow roll —
thinking back to when I knew
I wanted to kiss her