February 22, 2015 § 7 Comments
It was an ordinary day.
A thin blue sky floated distant,
unlike a summer sky that hangs so low
you can reach up and poke it
with a stick.
June 29, 2013 § 4 Comments
There is no photo, except in my mind. A family portrait in sepia, and a voice, an old voice, recounting a day long gone:
It isn’t in the picture, but beneath the photographer’s feet was a rare dusting of snow on the frozen grass, spring taking it’s time that 1895 April in Natchez, Mississippi.
You can see we are all still wearing our woolen winter leggings, even Mama and the aunts, although their skirts hide everything above the ankle.
That’s me, Amsy, in the middle of the bottom step, in the middle of the boys, in the middle of the picture. I hold Rastus and Remus, the tiger kittens. Both lived to be fifteen, which is long in cat years, but it took them just a short way into the new century, while I’ve traipsed nearly clean across it.
That’s Aaron on my left. He died in the trenches in the Great War not too many years after Rastus and Remus, one after the other, crawled under the porch and quietly died. Wish it could have gone as easy for Aaron.
April 19, 2013 § 3 Comments
I stretch; always the same pattern of ridiculous moves made normal by repetition.
I found them in a book that purported to cure, or at least ease, carpal tunnel syndrome. My CTS rages on, but the exercises keep me limber and I have an interesting view of our dog Moo as she steps over me; seen from below she seems to smile.
I wash the dishes and clean the kitchen so the next day is a fresh start, none of the spills of the previous day lingering. I have a great affection for fresh starts, even if it is just the beginning of a new day.
I sing scales, pushing as close to three octaves as I can without sounding like a cat in heat.
October 28, 2011 § 11 Comments
Early memory, at least for me, is an archipelago.
Small islands of perfect memory rise out of the watery depths of time and forgetfulness as clear as this photo shot with my first camera (a Baby Brownie).
What follows is my memory of the first piece of jewelry I ever owned. It begins with me squatting in our gravel driveway holding the pin in my hand. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 30, 2011 § 9 Comments
Those two words belonged to my Italian grandfather, Nonno.
My brother, sister and I rolled our eyes at the mere mention. Who would want to do the same thing over and over and over?
Plus his routine was so…routine. For exercise he walked laps around the kitchen counter (a hundred tiny circles).
He lay in wait for the mailman, and then, when he was sure the small truck had moved on, he would collect the mail, flipping through it as he carried it up the driveway.
This was the part of my grandfather’s routine that caused my mother to
get a PO Box. As a frequently-rejected fiction writer (a term which applies to any fiction writer) the double-disappointment of receiving that terse “not for us” and my grandfather’s sympathy, “Oh, Gloria! Rejected again. Why don’t you just give up?” was more than she could bear.
April 30, 2011 § 6 Comments
The only good thing to be on a day this hot is a kid with a hose.
On the other side of the wire fence that separates our yards, my twelve-year-old neighbor, Dee, is busy being that perfect thing.
March 24, 2011 § 6 Comments
The sun was shining on San Francisco three days before the 1906 quake.
This ordinary day would have vanished except that the Miles Brothers, whose pioneer film studio was located in the city, attached a motion picture camera to a trolley and recorded a 13 minute trip down Market Street (link below).
Luckily, the film was put on a train to New York the night before the quake. The Miles Brother’s studio was destroyed.
October 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
Although Hurricane Dennis caused millions of dollars in damage in Dade County, Florida, fortunately for my family, living aboard a leaky wooden boat at a small Keys resort called “Smuggler’s Cove,” it hit us as a tropical storm–albeit with rainfall totals of biblical proportions. Did I mention our boat was leaky?
September 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’m bad at change. If it weren’t for Ray, a sofa would never change location in our living room. If not for Ray we wouldn’t be signing a mortgage on 9.72 acres in Wakulla County.
The beauty of the project comes to me in flashes; a pair of bench seats hangs by chains from the limbs of a Live Oak; a sand road winds through the many gates on this property that was once a farm.