Isle of Caprice

This morning, I ran across an interesting¬†article about the Isle of Caprice, which included this postcard and 5 historic pictures from the island, which was cut in half by a hurricane and eventually washed away entirely. I was glad to hear confirmation of the story I first heard from Christopher Mauer, when he came toContinue reading “Isle of Caprice”

Surprise Lilies

We’ve been doing yard work this week, and one thing that has made it more bearable has been the appearance of surprise lilies, or as Felder Rushing called them this week on The Gestalt Gardener, Naked Ladies. I’ve also seen that they can be called Resurrection Lilies, which may be my favorite name for them.Continue reading “Surprise Lilies”

Western Vacation

In July, Kim, Aidan, and I packed up the car and headed West. Well, actually, we drove North to my mother’s in Osage, Iowa, first, and spent a traditional 4th of July week there with fireworks, the parade, barbecue, ice cream, and lots of local flavor. Then we turned the nose of our Mazda westContinue reading “Western Vacation”

Brussels’ Hidden Gems 2

After food, beer, and chocolate (see Hidden Gems 1), what ¬†more do you need? Well, Brussels has a lot more to offer, and a lot more than I can summarize here. These are just a few of the delightful spots in the city you might miss, if you just rush through the typical tourist spots.Continue reading “Brussels’ Hidden Gems 2”

Merry Christmas

As a Christmas present to the blogosphere, I’m posting a poem from my second book, Time Capsules. It was originally composed on a bitter cold Christmas Eve in 1996, when I was visiting my parents. Lilith, the black lab/border collie mix, who is mentioned in the poem, died several years ago. She was a constantContinue reading “Merry Christmas”

Spider Lilies

My favorite late summer flower has started to bloom. Soon they’ll be everywhere in Columbus — at least everywhere that people don’t mow them. They are also known as Hurricane Lilies or Surprise Lilies. They are the Suprise Lilies in the poem of that title in Time Capsules, though I opted for the more generalContinue reading “Spider Lilies”

Fruits of Summer

Time to leave the poetry biz aside for awhile and write a little about food. Our local farmer’s market has kept us awash in fresh local produce all summer (when we’ve been in town), but the thing we love most are the peaches — well, those and the tomatoes and thai eggplant and corn andContinue reading “Fruits of Summer”