Get Stitched 

Altered book art by Valerie Savarie, inspired by Drew Myron poem. Now showing at Valkarie Gallery in Colorado.


In a mystery
that threads

horizon to sky
river to ocean
bird to flight

a simple stitch
binds me
to you

with a filament
as ordinary
and grand

as earth to sun
love to life

- Drew Myron


I'm delighted to share this poem and join 2 artists and 10 poets taking part in  Ekphrastic: A Collaboration of Visual and Literary Art, showing at Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado.

Ekphrastic: in which one medium of art tries to relate to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, and in doing so, relate more directly to the audience, through its illuminative liveliness.

The exhibition is an inspired collaboration between artists and writers. Each writer was invited to submit a poem, which was then visually interpreted by the two artists.

Ekphrastic runs September 23 - October 18, 2015. Opening Reception is on Friday, September 25, 6 - 9pm, with a Poetry Reading on Saturday, October 10, 5 - 7:30pm.

Artists  |  Valerie Savarie & Sharon Eisley

Poets | Lincoln Carr    Bree Davies   Susan Froyd   Nicole Haag   Toni Lefton   Rob Lessig   Drew Myron   Kimberly O'Connor    Rebecca Snow   Colleen Teitgen   Trinity La Fey




Moon Schmoon

Crowds gather for Pope visit to Philadelphia, 2015. AP Photo/Michael Perez

There was a big moon this week. People went crazy with photos and fawning appreciation.

And then there was a religious leader, and thousands of people pressed against each other to maybe see a white speck of a man from a large distance.

And then there is a corpse flower and people paid money to see it bloom.

While we were making so much of a man, a moon, a flower, I sat alone watching a big bee hover on the last gasp of a dandelion and the low autumn light almost made me cry.




Do you blackout?

Inspired by Austin Kleon, for years I've been marking up newspapers and magazines. Creating blackout poems is good mental practice, a great challenge, and just plain fun.

Need a nudge? Watch this short clip and grab a marker.

See some of my blackout poems:

Read, Write, Win

Wait, Scratch, Scribble

On Sunday: Hymn

Thick Black Pen

Writing with Crayons



Thankful Thursday: Sanctuary

Because attention attracts gratitude and gratitude expands joy, it's time for Thankful Thursday.

Some people find solace in a chapel, at the beach, or on a mountain trail. For me, it's a library.

Since childhood I've gravitated to libraries, finding spots of refuge across the map — from New York to Seattle and dozens of stops between. In a new town, as tourist or resident, I seek first the library (followed by the post office). From grand to plain, large to cramped, old to new, with each I've found a haven of warmth and trust.

This week has been rough, and I've been far from home. When I offered to return an overdue book, I was busy and planned to simply drop-and-go. I wasn't looking to linger.

But once inside, the light drew me in and I stumbled, grateful, into the Quiet Reading Room.

Was it made just for me? It seemed so. With windows, sunshine, soft chairs, and a beautiful hush, it ushered me in, pressed me to stay.

And for the first time in days, my shoulders relaxed, jaw loosened, and eyes softened. When action finally takes a break, feeling replaces tasks and sadness arrives as a sort of relief.

Oh, what peace a library brings. 


What are you thankful for today?



Love that line!


and greediness

are just diseases

like measles and

chickenpox and

can be cured

very easily.


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
by Betty MacDonald


Until recently, I had forgotten this delightful book, a favorite from childhood. Published in 1947, it's a children's chapter book that is still relevant and entertaining. Penned by Betty MacDonald (who wrote for adults too), Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle features a wise and kind woman who lives in an upside-down house and provides cures for naughty boys and girls. She has many fixes, such as The Answer-Backer Cure, The-Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure, and my favorite, The Radish Cure (for dirty children who won't bathe).

I've been on a book binge, racing through books I treasured as a youngster: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Anne of Green Gables, for example. Next up: Little House on the Prairie, and, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew — remember that one?

What are your favorite books from childhood, and have you reread them as an adult?