Photo by Elizabeth Halt
Photo by Elizabeth Halt

a winter poem

February 2, 2016 | a winter poem

once a snowflake fell
on my brow and i loved it so much and i kissed
it and it was happy and called its cousins
and brothers and a web
of snow engulfed me then
i reached to love them all
and i squeezed them and they became
a spring rain and i stood perfectly
still and was a flower

~ nikki giovanni, winter poem

(i saw this poem on facebook and fell in love. isn’t it delightful! just like winter snowflakes.)

atlas says stay

January 25, 2016 | this is everything

i curl up at the foot of the bed,
a stack of pillows behind me,
journal & pen in my hand.

you are lying
on the bed,
(on your bed, you’d say)
your head near me.

you wriggle
your head
my thigh.

you push your head against me,
burrowing in.

your head
at rest,
you let out a long groan-sigh.

it says, this is nice.
it says, i am content.
it says, stay.

the sound
my ears,
slips down
my spine,
and lands
in my heart.

if i could,
i would stay

in winter, the world is a wonderland

January 22, 2016 | in winter, the world is a wonderland

i grew up in the land of winter. in many ways, it is during winter that i feel most alive.

there are moments when i am on my snowshoes or my cross-country skis and the world around me is nothing but blue & grey & white & green – that i think winter just might be my new favorite season. | in winter, the world is a wonderland

i got

January 18, 2016 | i got

i got crazy beams
& criss-cross seams
& tire tracks on my soul.

i got rattled gears
& rattlesnake ears
& thunderstorms in the snow.

i got panthers with their claws unfurled
& hear the lilies speak through tears
& even after all these years
a still noon tells me no.


January 16, 2016

(only because i didn’t have my camera.)

a layer cake of a morning sky.


it was so beautiful & serene that it made me want to outfit myself in those very same colors.

first blush

January 7, 2016 | first blush | first blush | first blush

“Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”

~ Rabindranath Tagore

dear 2016

January 2, 2016 | dear 2016

hello & welcome!

may you be full of peace + rest + comfort.

for all of us.

atlas says: this is my december face

December 28, 2015 | atlas says: this is my december face

mashed potatoes.
peanut butter cookies.
more turkey.


i love december.

wishing you peace in december

December 23, 2015 | wishing you peace in december

this time of year, i often think about the people who are lonely or alone or going through a rough patch. i think about how hard this season must be for them. not only are their lives hard, but they are surrounded by the assumption that they should feel merry & bright, that they should be spending time with a loving family, that their lives should be easy & joyous.

i also think about the people who don’t celebrate anything at all, or who celebrate a less conventional holiday, and can be left feeling uncomfortable & unwelcome.

if this is you, i am holding you in my heart. i wish i could wave a magic wand and make december a little easier on you.

whether you celebrate this season or not, may your december hold moments of peace & comfort.

two tiny new things

December 16, 2015 | my dogwood is blooming

thing one: my dogwood stems are blooming!

i cut them on thanksgiving morning to decorate the table and then kept them for myself. i noticed the fresh green shoots this morning. every time i look at them, i smile ear-to-ear. they are so tiny + sweet + delightful.

thing two: i made a letter from santa claus!

you can download the letter here.

print the letter, write a child’s name in the appropriate spaces, and leave it for them to find.

surprise + delight + magic. (may it be so.)

it’s for you, with love.

p.s. if you have an elf, maybe the elf can deliver the letter. pretty sure that means he doesn’t have to move that night.