Can You Smell the Rain? (Poetry)

Filtered rays of light stream through dark clouds Is a storm coming? Beyond it, blue sky dotted with white cotton candy clouds. The juxtaposition makes me wonder. Will heavy drops of rainfall from the sky? Will there be thunder? Lightening? Can you smell the rain?

Full moon (poetry)

Magically rising over mountain peaks in a darkening blue sky, the full moon glows luminous. Its ascent through tree branches creating patterns, faces, a Rorschach test changing as it goes. Each night, it grows, changing shape, waxing to its full beauty. I’m never disappointed. As the moon shines, and lights up my world, I loveContinue reading “Full moon (poetry)”

I am a cheer leader (poetry)

I am a cheer leader here to celebrate your victories creating the party. ~~~~~~~~~~ I am a cheer leader here with gentle support when the world offers only icy stares creating a warm soft place to land. ~~~~~~~~~~ I am a cheer leader offering kindness, creating space for you to be your best. ~~~~~~~~~~ IContinue reading “I am a cheer leader (poetry)”

A writer’s life

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at a writers conference this weekend with an amazing faculty of agents, editors, and authors. In addition to the outstanding experts, I was surrounded by inspiring writers in my critique groups, workshops, and I also had a fantastic roommate to share writing with. After the conference, IContinue reading “A writer’s life”

Spring (poem)

Spring arrives in bits and pieces fits and starts one step forward, two steps back like a Chacha. Temperatures soar for a day or three then dive down like a bird of prey But then, little by little, all of the pieces come together! The scent of lilacs The sound of frogs and hummingbirds TheContinue reading “Spring (poem)”

Fascinating sights in nature

On a recent hike, we noticed what we thought were spider webs on trees along the trail. Upon further inspection, they each contained a large number of caterpillars. This is new to me so I’ve done some research and there are several species of caterpillars that construct silken shelters or tents. These caterpillars will turnContinue reading “Fascinating sights in nature”

Dinosaur Ridge

A great day for a field trip with second and third graders. We learned about fossils and how different the climate of this area is from 65 million years ago. The idea that Colorado was a tropical area (palm frond fossils prove this) and that dinosaurs are more closely related to birds than lizards (theContinue reading “Dinosaur Ridge”