Laughter & Joy


Welcome to the family (remarks from the wedding of Cyrus McQueen and Leanne Gordon) 2

Our family welcomes you, Leanne. Whenever there is marriage, it is a vote of confidence in love and in the future. We welcome you to our family.  You and Cyrus were nurtured in the environs and soils of countries on different continents, but somehow had a flash of recognition* and […]


Did you already have your quiet? 4

A quiet moment.  Did you already have your quiet moment, month, year or decade? Did you recognize the peace, the calm, and incident-free period when it occurred? Did you feel it – fully? Did you congratulate yourself that your efforts were keeping everything in check?  Did you think, “That’s just […]


Can I poet with you – Ntozake Shange 2

I had originally hoped to post a poem a day during Poetry Month (April) which has officially ended although there’s a big celebration of poetry, Mass Poetry Festival in Salem from May 1-3, featuring such poets as Rita Dove, Nick Flynn and Marge Piercy. Work obligations interfered with life desires […]