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we are so tiny

 the size our worries should be

nothing in the scheme

“i believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it.

it is a basic human desire.

and it also puts our worries in perspective.”

-stephen hawking


art/photo credits: Starry Night, Anna Roberts (acrylic painting on gesso board), Discovery Channel


life is messy.


my favorite soft and worn shirt

 kind of sums up my whole day.

teriyaki everywhere

a trail of drips

followed me down the hall

leaving a mark

 the scene of a fresh crime.

some days are just like that.

tomorrow i’ll start again

i’ll eat something without sauce

wear something soft and worn

hoping for a return to comfort.

“living is messy”

-traci chee, The Speaker

used and unusual.


and who could possibly resist

looking deeper into

most anything deemed

‘used and unusual’?

both rich qualities

rife with stories and possibility

many of us could be described this very same way

after having lived a while

and comfortably settling into

what makes us who we really are. 


“it’s also not unusual for writers to look backward. because that’s your pool of resources.”

-paul mcCartney



after consulting with

my bazooka bubblegum wrapper

to consider my fortune

i see that it really

summed it all up


in just five words:


“i have absolutely no idea.”


‘henceforth I ask not good fortune. i myself am good fortune.”

– Walt Whitman, from Song of the Open Road 

be merry.


walking by the heidelberg

 a place that brims with happy noise

now sitting silent and empty

their words remind me –

‘be merry’

we need more of that. 



“the world i believe is far too serious, and being far too serious….

it has need of a wise and merry philosophy.”

-lin yutang 





-ann arbor, michigan, usa, april 2020



forsythia bright in my quarantine kitchen

 blossoms have begun to fall

everything is temporary.


“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” – pema chodron