April recap

Whew! I did 30/30 y’all! And I even did it in the allotted timeframe! I don’t know that that’s happened in quite a long time. Of course, by posting only poems mostly, you missed out on the other stuff I did, though, honestly, sometimes the poems were or described what I did. But here’s how…

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 24 / 30

(with her approval) Portrait of My Mother Thus Far nacio en Barcelona cuando su familia tenia riqueza from Bonanova to Roca y Batlle early 60s, late teens, under Franco rule worked as a tour operator she & her girlfriends flirted with American GIs settled on one young man in particular from Oklahoma when she was…

NPM 21 / 30

It would have been my dad’s 80th birthday today. And also, Prince died 4 years ago. Feeling some things over here. ~~ This Thing Called Life Prince died on my father’s birthday April 21st so now, no matter what, they’ll always be linked not that my dad liked Prince’s music I doubt he could have…

NPM 13 / 30

For Osi my sister put her dog down today she knew the day would come which doesn’t really prepare you how could it she and her son were with that sweet ol’ girl to send her on her way so now she’s at peace but there’s an Osi-sized hole in our hearts she really was…

NPM 5 / 30

Prompt taken from http://www.napowrimo.net (day 2) to write a poem about a specific place. Remember, these are drafts 🙂 The House on Miller Avenue this house is where I was a kid across the street from the Lutheran church where I went to Kindergarten my teacher also worked in the deli at the Food King…

February recap & our own real-life disaster movie

When last I wrote, a month ago(!), I caught you up through where we were at that time (mid-February), so I’ll catch you up since then and to where we’re at right now. Two great things happened in the last half of February: 1) my sister came to visit and 2) I went down to…

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,…

two years gone

This day will never be easy. I will always think about that morning. That day. That new reality of life without my dad. This morning, I desperately tried to remember where I kept the grief journal I wrote last year, the one that I couldn’t even think until a year had gone by. Where was…

Welcome to 2020!

This week, I’ve been working on my “Unraveling” workbook. I’ve completed the workbook since 2015, I think. It usually takes me a few days. First you look back at the year that is being ushered out and then you look ahead to the year that lies ahead. This exercise isn’t just write down some resolutions….