All posts tagged: writing 101

One slightly used…

Too many books on my shelves, all-around the house, upstairs, downstairs, here, there, everywhere. More than one slightly used book with dog-eared corners, faded, tattered covers, strange bookmarks between the pages, hinting at its history. Most nights, curled up in bed, one slightly used book […]


Sublime Springtime

Azure Bee Bliss Sage Chartreuse Daffodils Emerald Frogs Hopping Iridescent Jade-green Kale Leaves Misty Nippy Overnights Peonies Quietly Re-emerging Showy Tulips Upright Vigorous Witch hazel Xanthous Yellow as we eagerly zing into spring.


Freshly Ground

I salute the history of coffee. Brewed every morning in homes around the globe In coffeemakers, French presses, Bialetti moka pots, perculators, paper filter cones The choice of beans is vast, dark or light roasts, single origin or blends. Endless possibilities await for our daily […]


Avian Food Bank

  Morning, noon and night, Much to my delight, The suet, the seed and the water fountain, Turn me into a binoculared spectator on the mountain. Keeping an eye on the happenings out back, These fine feathered friends sure demand their snacks! Solitary warbler dressed […]


“Did I just hear a Needle drop?”

This ancient ceremony Originated in 1469 At the Gyeongbokgung Palace. High on the balcony The sounding of the conch shell Announces The Changing of the Guards: Brilliant costumes Flags and shields in hand Obscured by helmets These expressionless faces Appear oblivious to spectators Waiting in the glaring sun. One by one […]


The Note that saved the Day

The neighborhood looked unfamiliar. The pedestrians we had come across did not speak English. We ducked into a small cafe. The interior resembled the “Starbucks” look, but it definitely was not Starbucks! Once our coffees were ready, the young waitress came over and chatted us […]


Choose only three Songs?

Music: alternative bossa nova classical dance electronic funk guitar hip hop instrumental jazz karaoke latin metal new age opera punk rock qawwali reggae soundtrack tango urban folk vallenato world xoomii yodeling zydeco So many choices!  How could I choose only three songs? However, I do […]


A Room with a View

On our Bali trip last spring, we realized upon arriving,  that the room we had booked ahead in Ubud, was not quite what we had envisioned. The location was perfect, the price was right ( $10.00 per night including breakfast for 2! ), and the host […]