Winter morningsin the half-lightI leave home for work out on the lawna stirring of birdsso smallI can’t quite see if they’re actually birds maybe they’regray-cloaked fairiesperforming secret rites or the grass itselfsprouting feet for a nightand ethereal wingsfor breaking awayat dawn of day tiny tuftsof earth, unboundwith promise ofheavenward flight For a couple of months … Continue reading Juncos


Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess They all went together to seek a bird’s nest. They found a bird’s nest with five eggs in, They all took one and left four in. —Mother Goose It’s the summer of birds. They became a recurring motif in my summer writing workshop. 2018 is actually The Year of the Bird, marking … Continue reading Sanctuary


In recent years, I’ve written lots of short stories, beyond those as models for students or posted here on the blog.  Some of my stories are realistic, usually centering on a character making a self-discovery or a difficult decision. Other stories are more ethereal, with a slightly supernatural element.   “Wisteria” is one of the latter. … Continue reading Wisteria