NPM 29 / 30

Love is… doggy kisses in the morning wearing a face mask on a walk respecting mom’s hours blooms of a recently planted flower hand-drawn signs on a garage tree faces new music from an amazing songwriter bees buzzing in hazy sunshine warm concrete under bare feet water from hose dripping on toes calls from a…

NPM 26 / 30

The Room in the heat of the afternoon I close the blinds flip on fan so room cools down makes it feel like a different country a respite from rest of the house especially in the evenings my own little sanctuary my home within the home I once read an article about the importance of…

NPM 11 / 30

Getting in the one I missed. Will owe 24 & 25 tomorrow. ~~ Speak to Me everyone knows a rose symbolizes love gushes it from its plentiful petals to its thorny stem however a small sachet of lavender signals distrust not even its heady scent can sway suspicion slip it to a shady soul for…

NPM 23 / 30

Fury fingers are sharp knives every move cuts hands are destructive mallets crush everything touched hair is electric wiring with stripped ends sparks fly against air currents feet are struck matches burn every step behind eyes drip hot wax that slides down skin leaves holes in your sternum what dark magic spins from mouth keeps…

NPM 22 / 30

What to Do on Earth Day wake up and take a drink of water silently thank whoever and however you have fresh water to drink consider those who don’t feel equally grateful & sad go outside and take a breath of fresh air contemplate how the earth is recovering even as we, its inhabitants, are…

NPM 20 / 30

Woman in Her Second Act I have long surveyed this landscape mapped rivers of tears scaled mountains of unreasonable doubt struck motherlodes of friendship shacked up in ghost towns I’ve built bridges constructed dams dug tunnels traversing my life’s terrain choosing the less traveled path when possible with age and experience it’s now easier to…

NPM 16 / 30

Started this one last night but didn’t finish it until this morning. No title yet. Will post another one later today. ~~ today is a friend’s birthday I probably haven’t spoken to her in close to 20 years I’ve never been able to pinpoint why maybe I wasn’t a good friend too focused on managing…

NPM 7 / 30

New Normal  houses now are fortresses safe havens for inhabitants walls like armor each parcel of land its own community yards are parks and gyms kitchens are restaurants living rooms are movie theaters dining rooms are offices and schools bedrooms are hospitals it’s dangerous beyond the walls it’s maddening that not everyone sees it it’s…

January 2020 recap and February so far

I hope that this blog doesn’t just turn into recap posts, but I haven’t written since my 10-year recap and in that post and the one before that, I didn’t really talk about what was happening in the present day, so let’s get caught up. In the Spanish culture and how my mom grew up,…

the last 10 years

I know I threatened y’all with this post earlier this month. So here it is for those who were waiting (haha). Please note that these are just points I picked out as I rummaged through this blog, my old journals and calendars, and anywhere else I tried to mark my time. They are not necessarily…