Monthly Archives: February 2015

Back to Basics 3: plum blossom (part 1)

Last night was chill and sharp And the cover of my bed Was scant and thin, But the fragrance of the plum Stole through my dreams, And I forgot old age And frost and cold. –excerpt from a poem by … Continue reading

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How do I learn; let me count the ways

After a career mostly spent teaching others how to be creative wordsmiths, I’m having fun advancing my own artistic skills with brush, ink and paper. Chinese brush painting became a passion by chance; by choice I spend endless hours in … Continue reading

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The return of Ernest, the elephant

Elephants have captured the hearts and imaginations of many creative people. Hemingway’s powerful metaphor ‘hills like white elephants’ and Barbara Gowdy’s allegorical quest novel White Bone come to mind. My interest in elephants is much less complicated: I want to … Continue reading

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