Wednesday, January 11, 2017

一目の月見 Hitome no Tsukimi

sneaking glances east
gold moon rising as I drive
sixty miles per hour

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Light the World

I love Christmas lights.  December days around here tend to be wet and dreary, and night falls all too soon.  But then the lights shine out, bringing hope and cheer.

The little electric lights are just a reminder, a dim imitation of the Light of the World, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Just like them, we can imitate Him to bring more light into the dreary world around us.

Join me in trying to lift some burdens this month.  Here you can find ideas to get you started.  Then observe, serve, and share in the joy of Christmas!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mothers' Day Boggle

Want to play?

My husband put this together for me, but I'm sure you can find some good messages, too.  Ready, set, go!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


How deep the snow,
how tall the trees
among whose tops we trod? 

How many waves
have washed the stones
that lie along the shore?
From sea level
to snow level,
the gulls and ferns and more--
He paints the canvas
where we walk,
a bounteous artist, God.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sheet Music Competition

I've been trying my hand at a different kind of composition, and I'm not alone.  My son and I have each entered a piece to the yearly Sacred Sheet Music Competition at Free LDS Sheet Music.  We both submitted arrangements of Christmas tunes.  There are many beautiful entries.  Check them out, and vote for all your favorites!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Wedding Gifts

Gift Box Wedding Cake by pinkcakebox

The plates have chipped,
the cups have cracked.
It's much too late
to take them back.

The quilts have ripped,
the towels are rough.
The toaster works--
one side's enough.

Two decades and
four thousand miles
are hard on dishes
and textiles.

The best gifts never
fade, you see:
of me for you,
and you for me.

For my dear husband

Friday, July 31, 2015


Puget Sound Skyline, July 2015

smug skyscrapers swell,
full of human consequence--
dwarfed by lofty mount

Friday, June 12, 2015

On a Pedestal

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library

Leslie Jones Collection

When it gets too hot
in this town there's not a lot
of comfort one can get
in the form of something wet.

I climb in to get my kicks
and escape the baking bricks
and I whistle at the chicks
and ignore the tuts and tsks.

They say this bath is for the birds,
but it's good enough for me!

Monday, May 18, 2015


Dragonfly by Rostislav Kralik

blue sky
blue dragonfly
bright rays break through
gray days
smiles soak up
the tears

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Photo by Elene Usdin

Don't fret
because I've pulled out
all my baggage.
I'm not moving out
or moving on,
just moving up--
the better to kiss you,
my tall dear.

For The Mag