Letters of Earthly Life Past

1920 May Ziadeh to Kahlil Gibran Mai wrote to Jabran a letter of gentle admonition: When I was sitting to write, I used to forget who you are and where you are, and I often forget that there is a man to talk to as you, so I often talk to you as I speak…… Continue reading Letters of Earthly Life Past

In 2021, I Just Happened to Find a Dance to Take Us into 1921

Grandma Shirley knew about this free dance gathering with a band, including especially good Swing music, and as she’d practiced ballroom and line dancing before and I hadn’t, I asked her if she wanted to dance to this song.I don’t have dance lesson experience or knew the dances they were doing but it wasn’t a…… Continue reading In 2021, I Just Happened to Find a Dance to Take Us into 1921

A Capricorn Moon upon Gibran

Yesterday’s middle post, ‘Clouds and a Light Drizzle…’ linked at the end, has now been fixed to show featured image. I don’t think Gibran has had an actual moon on the blog, and unplanned by me the Lebanese Pitas were requested again, and I cooked the dinner again falling on the Capricorn moon of Gibran’s…… Continue reading A Capricorn Moon upon Gibran

Morning in Boston, Night in Australia, A Multi-National Online Poetry Reading

It was a memorable poetry reading I co-hosted today ‘From Boston to Oz’ with my long-time poet online friend from Adelaide, Australia, Deb Stewart who had the idea for the event and invited me. 🙏😊 And yes that was a book of hers on my shelf Slow Notes, a beautiful white & green poetry book…… Continue reading Morning in Boston, Night in Australia, A Multi-National Online Poetry Reading

An Unexpected August Adventure, A Fairy Might’ve Just Wandered In

Aug. 4, ‘21 This is a very rich true story and no more length will be added to the blog for a little while. I took the bus late afternoon today to have my eyebrows threaded and on the way I noticed the open door of a small performing arts theater I hadn’t remembered seeing…… Continue reading An Unexpected August Adventure, A Fairy Might’ve Just Wandered In

Blush and Plenty of It

The sky was azure blue when I woke and I said good morning. I sometimes practice saying ‘May’, with emphasis on the y accent for fun as I can spell a word now in a new language, her name: مي. She painted the sky just then with plenty of blush (I know in heaven a…… Continue reading Blush and Plenty of It

A Very Small Adventure of a Different Type

This sad-looking gaze is me looking with compassion at my strawberry plants 🍓 that look unhappy but still cared for with my watering, weeding, and blessings from me. Com-passion (to be with in suffering or to suffer with.) The neighbor’s apartment construction sounds suddenly getting loud today in my apartment as I’d sat down to…… Continue reading A Very Small Adventure of a Different Type

The Orange-Gold Moon

This was the full moon last night through my window. It was a night I needed to be in the moment rather than writing in retrospect. This moon is in the sign of Aquarius, May Ziadeh’s sun (Feb. 11 1886.) And I see today along with all these wonderful realizations of the earlier post that…… Continue reading The Orange-Gold Moon

Me, The Failed Scientist, Learning

My first wild jasmine flowers brought inside, the first day I set them up in this glass and took this photo. They were flowers of great love. This is a post of mistakes clarified for you with my apologies. I first wrote about my little gardening composting experience with my first strawberry plants and was…… Continue reading Me, The Failed Scientist, Learning

‘So, Are You Italian?’

Kahlil Gibran, 1913 To Reader: An important note added to the end of this post, 5 pm. When I’d first seen a photo of the Lebanese poet and artist Kahlil Gibran some months ago, I immediately thought, ‘But why does he look Italian?’ And today I came across an article which told of how Kahlil…… Continue reading ‘So, Are You Italian?’

Morning-time, Let’s Listen Now, It’s Delicate Yet That’s Why I Love It

I have just made a very important revision to this, my apologies. Another interesting timing happened yesterday as a poet friend shared a photo of herself in a garden in Lebanon that had featured a stone sculpture of Kahlil Gibran and I’d shared a couple of his quotes the same time yesterday. I was happy…… Continue reading Morning-time, Let’s Listen Now, It’s Delicate Yet That’s Why I Love It

Five Quotes from the Past That Feel True Now

I came across these in Google when I was looking for quotes during a moment of rest hours after I’d posted the photo and my words in the first post. There is so much that resonates with me in these in my own life and past. First quotes are by May Ziadeh 💕 When the…… Continue reading Five Quotes from the Past That Feel True Now

What Could Be Done With A Dream, Including A Bad One

I’ve enjoyed thinking about my dreams and finding ways of understanding and appreciating them without demanding meaning from them. I’ve found my own remembered dreams would inspire poems I’d write or fit into ones I’d already started writing. I wrote yesterday of deciding to not watch the movie The Prophet, which features the poet Kahlil…… Continue reading What Could Be Done With A Dream, Including A Bad One

A Picture Perfect Playwright in a Book and An Unexpected Trivia Game

I went to this cafe tonight and I was the only one there looking at all these books or even just any of the books at all. I looked through every one I could reach on my toes. I didn’t end up liking this book too much, although I opened it very, very eagerly in…… Continue reading A Picture Perfect Playwright in a Book and An Unexpected Trivia Game

Letting In The Glow And Then The Moon Too

A WordPress Welcome Since I sailed away from Blogger Thursday night having safely gotten myself on solid ground as that ship was going down, I’d imported my posts to WordPress and left these words: ‘Be well, Blogger and farewell! I will remember our eleven years.’ And I have made a few changes to this blog…… Continue reading Letting In The Glow And Then The Moon Too

A Line of Mine and Some Poems By Other Writers

You might find an understanding, a silent one, that after awhile you find to not really be silent and that took the time to find the words to find you. *** Kin To Sorrow by Edna St. Vincent Millay Am I kin to Sorrow,  That so oft Falls the knocker of my door——  Neither loud…… Continue reading A Line of Mine and Some Poems By Other Writers

Inspired And Inspiring

Asian history, art, poetry, and tea, continues on here as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month. I have written about Kahlil Gibran, had read his poem aloud, “The Astronomer.” Maybe less known is a woman poet who inspired him and they became close through the letters they wrote each other even though they had not met in…… Continue reading Inspired And Inspiring

Poetry Reading in the Dark and Starlight

I’ve recorded a newfound poem by an author I’ve read many times before.  The moon hasn’t been found these nights, but I’ve still enjoyed the darkness and stars just the same.  “The Astronomer” by Kahlil Gibran Well, I intended stars, but I don’t see them in the video. You may find it fitting.

Book Recommendation: The Drum Symbol by Alexis P. Johnson

absolutely brilliant artwork illustrated by Danielle Pajak My Recommendation: No Spoilers The Drum Symbol by Alexis P. Johnson is the most touching, pleasantly haunting, and gracefully written novel I have read this year. I found this book through a mutual friend who had shared the novel from the author’s page. I was drawn at first…… Continue reading Book Recommendation: The Drum Symbol by Alexis P. Johnson

On Committed Relationships: Memories, A Quote, A Question

It is May. I am at home at my desk in a green-painted bedroom, my cat, Sugar resting on my bed, my mom downstairs doing something. I think my sister isn’t home. I receive a message online and see this guy in the picture on his profile on the side holding a guitar. Hm, he…… Continue reading On Committed Relationships: Memories, A Quote, A Question