Saturday, October 31, 2009

Post-concert blues

From morning to night
Arturo practiced his fingers to the bone.
His performance on Saturday met with howling success
but he felt rather dead by evening's end.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2009


the moment Greg met Linda
he knew he'd found the girl of his dreams

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Mr. Johnson loved parent-teacher conference day

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

no place like home

Jeff and Jody trade city life
for a little place in Vermont.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

high anxiety in pumpkintown

it was only a half-baked story told to him once by his daft Aunt Muffin
and yet young Gordon couldn't shake his feeling of dread

Monday, October 26, 2009

our hearts were altered

by the soliloquy of light

Sunday, October 25, 2009

rain dimples the water

and restless geese preen and paddle,
waiting for a signal to rise

Saturday, October 24, 2009


the moody sky
smiled for just one moment

Friday, October 23, 2009

skywatch friday: a broody sky

gathers the world under its wing
and settles softly down.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

this old house thursday: it happens every shingle week

the sun loves running its fingers over the face of this house

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

something strange in the neighborhood

if you hear leaves rustling, don't assume it's the wind.

look, ma, i've got 100 followers!!!!
thank you, thank you to each and every one.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Elysian Hills Tree Farm

the air smells of apples
and horses
and woodsmoke

Monday, October 19, 2009

monochrome monday: light's out

i've never seen it lit and yet
it still thrills me with a sense of homecoming

as for yesterday, give a cigar to Sunny, Steve, Kaori, Jacob, and Dave. the answer was Cadillac.
Frank, you get every other cigar remaining in the box. though you never actually answered the question.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

calling all car experts

which automobile does this belong to?

this one?

or this one?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

crimson cheeked

what do the tall trees say
to make you blush so,
little one?

Friday, October 16, 2009

sky watch friday: river garden

the paramount theater once stood on this site.
i saw King of Hearts here, twice.
when the theater burned down
the town visionaries decided to make an indoor park out of the space.
it's often entirely naked beneath the glass roof.
you can take shelter here from the rain,
watch the snow fall,
walk to the back and gaze at the lazy river.
there is no river inside the 'river garden'
there is no garden inside the 'river garden'
but any given day will find a dozen or so people in there,
reading, playing chess, dancing the wild fandango.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

this old house Thursday: on north street

i went out yesterday
in the late afternoon.
the wind made a blizzard of maple-leaf snowflakes,
the rain nibbled the air with its little sleet teeth.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

autumn lullaby

if you sit quietly
you can hear the trees humming softy to the grass, to the air,
to the darting birds in their sun-dappled feathers

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

where the fairies play

shelf mushrooms
arranged like a stairway up the side of a stump

Monday, October 12, 2009

monochrome monday: all out for brattleboro

amtrak rolls through town twice a day,
once heading north, once heading south.
this was the northbound train, carrying my beloved high school drama teacher.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


brown cat reflecting

Saturday, October 10, 2009

this path, this light

sometimes i feel profoundly grateful for this technology.

Friday, October 9, 2009

skywatch friday: red barn, watercolor clouds

in vermont the sky changes its mood as often as a hopeful girl changes her
outfit on a saturday afternoon

this is my 300th post.
thank you all for making this adventure at CDPB such a joy!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

this old house Thursday: jewel beyond price

floating in an autumn field is Naulakha,
the vermont home of Rudyard Kipling.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

fields of gold

such great diversity on such a small patch of land

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


these brittle branches won't survive the vermont winter.
fragile limbs stretch across the strange autumn sky, savoring the bittersweet taste of their last season.
they are like the afterimage of lightning.

Monday, October 5, 2009

monochrome monday: a few wrinkles to iron out at Hildene

there were times when bertha would lose her head on wash day

Sunday, October 4, 2009

still hildene

robert todd lincoln pasted artwork from storybooks on these screens.
when his grandchildren wanted a particular story, they would point to one of the pictures,
demand, 'this one!'
and their grandfather would oblige by telling them the requested tale.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

in the garden at hildene: manchester, vermont

robert todd lincoln lived here
surrounded by green mountains.
his children, abraham lincoln's grandchildren, made this garden as a birthday gift for their mother

Friday, October 2, 2009

skywatch friday: floating in a sea of blue

looking up,
i discovered this rowing shell,
strapped to a car roof,
floating in the sky

Skywatchers around the world

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Theme Day: Contrast...divine light in a dour city

a handful of locals sat on lawn chairs
silent, awed by the glimpse of something
bigger even than their big apple,
glimpsed between towering giants.

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