Tag Archives: winter



arklow, county wicklow, ireland

on the irish sea, summer 2016



“st. patrick’s day is an enchanted time –

a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer magic.”

-adrienne cook





 my view on the way to work today

with a full moon still in the sky

the beautiful calm after the storm.

“kindness is like snow—it beautifies everything it covers.”

-kahlil gibran




storming in like a buffalo

and out like a wing?

“february makes a bridge and march breaks it. “

– Witts Recreations, Selected from the Finest Fancies of Moderne Muses, with a Thousand Outlandish Proverbs (edited by George Herbert, 1593–1633)





image credit: tom murphy, Yellowstone Park Buffalo, “Frozen Snow”



one day

at the beginning of this long winter

a sweet kid not more than 14 years old

showed up at my front door

shovel in hand

wearing sweatshirt and gloves

quiet and polite

asking if i wanted to hire him


without a moment’s hesitation

soon he was at work 

clearing my walks, my driveway, my porch

he charged me a very fair rate

 looking to make some cash before christmas

lives with his mom

in an apartment nearby

 i know nothing else about him

except that he works very hard

often appears without warning

just in time

to clear my path and then

is gone again as soon as he’s finished his work

i’ve no way to contact him

sometimes i see his steps and shovel marks

signs that he’s stopped over

but our timing was off

and now

on this weekend

with the long days of deep snow

he’s nowhere to be found

oh, where, oh, where,

 is the kid with the shovel?

and so

i am paying myself

 getting a free workout

day after day

 i’m sure i’ll see him again

maybe when it’s time

to move dirt

for the gardens.

“never doubt the power of love or one woman with a shovel.”

-carrie newcomer

up all night.


a glimpse into the real story behind the legend.

 the groundhog

stays up all night

trying to calculate

exactly when spring will arrive

and is exhausted

when they wake him up

to bring him out

early in the morning

for his official prediction

each february 2nd

on groundhog day.

“i’m so tired…i was up all night trying to round off infinity.”

-steven wright


polar express.

#airport #islandlife #mackinacisland #winteronmackinac #airplane #firsttimeonatinyplane #tinyplanes
jodie in the parking lot at mackinac island airport –
january in northern michigan


“i like the gizmos that transport people.”

-chris van allsburg – (michgan native and author of the polar express)







credits: Mackinac Island Dockporters Association, jodie, roger priebe