Friday, December 31, 2010

may you pass through the gateway from this year to next

with grace, with ease, with love
happy new year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

furious race to the sea

even as ice begins working its crystal fingers through the frantic weave of water

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

oh, malyss,

i fear this is a new member in the club of pining pines.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

oh, my darlin', oh, my darlin',

oh, my darlin' clementine...

Monday, December 27, 2010

every chef needs a break every once in a while

and a little nibble of something lovely to eat under the cold december sun.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

for those who observe this holiday (and for those who don't),

may this be a beautiful, peaceful, light-filled day

Friday, December 24, 2010

this is one of the most unusual

in a legion of unusual nativity scenes

Thursday, December 23, 2010

a lovely octogenerian, shirley squires

surrounded by about one-fourth of her collection.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

a-purr in the manger

shirley squires has collected 1100 different nativity scenes at her home in guilford, vermont.
the other 1099 are equally unique

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

he's making a list

checking it twice,
welcoming new followers redpat, caren, mario, and beth

(alas, we've learned baby brattcat's flight was cancelled due to conditions at heathrow.
but that doesn't mean santa forgot us...he'll be sending the littlest brattcat home on christmas that's a wonderful gift!)

Monday, December 20, 2010

on the streets of brattleboro

three jovial musicians put passers by in a festive mood

Sunday, December 19, 2010

the glass blower

simon pearce,
quechee, vermont

Saturday, December 18, 2010

the brittle bones of an apple orchard

creak beneath the meek december sun

Friday, December 17, 2010

a momentary dearth of snow

though we'll be tromping through drifts of it soon enough

Thursday, December 16, 2010

are there others out there

who love making things
with bits of yarn?
(fuzzy mitten lamb pattern by barbara prime and rainbow baby pattern by jean greenhowe )

a warm and wooly welcome to new followers southshoreandbeyond, james, snickjack, cindy, and mahon

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

what creature of the woods

was celebrating a birthday?

Monday, December 13, 2010

on a recent walk in the retreat woods

i came upon a small army of lean-to shelters sprouting like mushrooms in every direction

Sunday, December 12, 2010

the troll left his post to get a mocha latte

and a moment later the littlest billy goat gruff
went safely clip-clopping over the curved white bridge
(newport, vermont)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

to make a mountain:

gently knead the eager earth, stir in drops of minty green color, dust lightly with sugar
(southern quebec, canada)

Friday, December 10, 2010

can you ever truly be lost

if you keep the pinnacle in sight?
(southern quebec, canada)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

the grasses of november

sing with a fragile melancholy

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

this sleigh stopped one night in a snowy wood

and never set off again
(northern vermont)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

tote road through a cedar swamp

just to the right of this image beaver have built a magnificent dam
(near lake memphremagog)
welcome to new followers:
kate, winter, ruma, maggie, fideladelphia and giraldyne

(the magnificent dam)

Monday, December 6, 2010

a backyard in stowe,

what a calm place to go
(stowe, vermont)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

the retreat clocks in their tower,

four synchronized dancers, slowly sweeping through the fading november afternoon

Saturday, December 4, 2010

at dusk, a cat watches

through the back window of the florist shop
(chapin street, brattleboro)

Friday, December 3, 2010

brussel sprouts...gotta love 'em

how do you cook yours?
(the cat is out prowling and no where near a computer for a few days)

Thursday, December 2, 2010


is tapping on my forehead

hanging from my mirror
rattling the teacup
and i wonder..."

-overs, simon and garfunkel, 1968

(sorry, i couldn't resist another dip into the p. simon songbook.
i think i've got it out of my system now.)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"time it was, and what a time it was, it was

a time of innocence,
a time of confidences.
long ago it must be,
i have a photograph,
preserve your memories;
they're all that's left you."
-bookends, p. simon, 1968

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