Make It Do or Do Without

Use it up Wear it out Make it do Or do without. Old New England Proverb I have a bushel basket in my living area that holds my chopped kindling. I like it but recently the bottom began to give way. There was a debate about retiring the basket and »

Puzzle Table Hack

One thing I do to relax is: build jigsaw puzzles. Every year, right around Thanksgiving time, I set up a card table and toss a puzzle onto it. Building the puzzle becomes my quiet thinking time. It's one way I find my inner peace. However, I have come to learn »

Never Hurry, Never Rest

I awoke at 6am this morning and was out of bed by 7am because that's when my brain wouldn't let me rest anymore. I'm not writing about anything, in particular, this morning. I am just getting the writing flowing again. I have been doing some personal writing and realizing how »

Prison: Nine Years Later

It's December 1st. Almost every person I spoke with today mentioned this phenomenon with some sense of foreboding awe - the first day of the last month of the year. There were a few birthdays, the work anniversary of a co-worker, and of course, "Rabbit Rabbit". For me, »

Disenfranchisement & Beyond

There are few achievements I am proud of in my life but today, on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, I'm not only proud to be a registered voter but an election official as well. On the surface, this might not seem like something to be overly jazzed »


This is a writing assignment addressing the struggle I face to freely express myself as a writer. It's a visualization of the personal handicap I endure in feeling I am forbidden to write my own truth. ___ It bothers me. It eats away at me - my belief - that I »

Slow But Steady Growth

There is slow but steady progress happening in my garden. Thus far, there hasn't been enough sunshine for any of my plants to actually thrive. It's been a colder, wet, gloomy June. Things might change if the sun decides to grace us with her presence for a few solid days. »

Garden Launch 2015

Houston, we have lift-off! It's Memorial Day and I am marking it as the official planting day for my 2015 garden. I had actually planted most of my tomatoes on Mother's Day before getting rained out so the remaining seedlings had to wait for the second go-around. I was worried »

Huckabee and Me

I like to listen to NPR ONE while I am working. The app delivers public news, Pandora style. The first story in today‚Äôs feed was Mike Huckabee announcing his run for the White House. The last time he ran for president I was incarcerated in the NH State Prison »

How My Garden Grows

I have decided it would be useful to keep a running log of how my garden grows this year. Last year I planted my first garden in our new place without much forethought. I didn't have time to think through things. I just needed to get it done. Judging by »

Glow in the Dark Bocce Balls

Playing this game reminded me of my long brewing intention to create a playlist of fun family games appropriate for all ages and abilities. The litmus test is whether someone aged 16 would find it enjoyable even when playing with a 3-year-old and 65-year-old. For example, Monopoly would not be »