No, She Doesn’t Have a Name

"What's her name?" People ask when they meet my cat. "Ummm...." We stammer a little, does it make us bad owners that we don't have a name for her?  "Kitty, her name is Kitty."  Which isn't entirely the truth.  When my daughter was much younger she named her the same name as her friend who … Continue reading No, She Doesn’t Have a Name

Four Prompt Words in Two Sentences, Thank-You-Very-Much

"Ten days," She groaned, "There are only ten days.  I have started some sort of abominable countdown till school starts and we have to go back to work." "Piffle", I reply, all effervescent and shiny, "It has been a glorious summer, long and sunny with all the ingredients needed for kids to come back healthy, … Continue reading Four Prompt Words in Two Sentences, Thank-You-Very-Much

The Betrayal

The smell was thick. That smell and the low buzz, constant in his skull begged him to open his eyes. Slowly focus came, struggling, he peered between the planters. The door! His limbs were numb, but he knew he had to get there. He had to save her, yet each movement sent needling pain. He … Continue reading The Betrayal


This song.  Talk about the soundtrack of my life... I was seriously obsessed with it in the nineties... pretty much anything by the Cranberries, such a big fan.  But this song in particular became a part of who I am, that and Zombie. Why?  You can just feel the angst and the Irish in her … Continue reading Linger

Buying a House and The Butterfly Effect

The year was 2008.  That is an important detail in this story.  It was 2008 and we had just looked at a couple of houses on the water.  It was little disheartening.  Most were too small, too weird or too much money.  Finally our tireless realtor, Marna showed us a house that was big enough … Continue reading Buying a House and The Butterfly Effect

The Play’s the Thing

(Prompts: Setting, Loath, Compatible, Play) Summer break is ending and I am loath to return to work.  I would find it much more compatible to stay home and play, but I must return to the school setting in two short weeks.  (Done.  All prompts in those two sentences.... ta da!) Seriously though, where did this … Continue reading The Play’s the Thing

Welcome Back

It is only August 4th.  There are still weeks of summer left.  Of summer, of morning spent reading and writing blog posts. Of sun, of relaxing afternoons reading escapist novels.  Thrillers with no no literary merit - the kind that suck you in and you read in a day.  But something about this rainy Saturday, … Continue reading Welcome Back

A Pinterest Sort of Loneliness

Three days.  She had done nothing but look at Pinterest for three days.  Scrolling and scrolling. Scrolling past pasta and puppies, quilts and cakes, DIY and reclaimed wood. Picture after picture. But today she stopped, carefully zoomed in.  "I can build that," she whispered, “I can do it!”  She went to her potting shed, another … Continue reading A Pinterest Sort of Loneliness

The Storm Will End

The prompts for the day (Monsoon, Renewal, Energetic and Gullible) seem to warrant a poem.. one of them was tricky and a little embarrassing to fit in, but lets see if you can find the awkwardness. The Storm Will End We see a broken shore Slate slate skies Tempest breezes Touch our face Energetic, angry, … Continue reading The Storm Will End

Home REALLY is Where the Heart Is.

When I was in my thirties my parents sold our childhood home and moved into their dream home, designed and built by them with a yard big enough for huge gardens. Although I loved it, and I was so happy for my parents, I missed our comfortable old home, the one I was raised in, … Continue reading Home REALLY is Where the Heart Is.