Shakespeare knew it even then. Day 6 of #25daysofgood

I subbed at my kids’ school

today, the ghost of Macbeth reincarnated 

in prose. The ancient ambition for tyranny never dies,

as if Shakespeare knew then the voices of pink-faced

youth would rise and fall and try

to understand

when the hurlyburly’s done, life

is but a walking shadow.


My kids’ school and Shakespeare are good.

What’s YOUR good?

🔎 Find the good.

📸 Snap a picture.

📲 Share it on social media.


Dear Reader, Orange you glad?

It’s an old knock-knock joke, isn’t it?

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana, right?

I don’t know about where you live, but here in central Indiana, the cicadas are humming, rows of corn are browning near the ground, and hints of yellow spot the leaves on the trees.  Autumn is definitely arriving on what’s left of receding summer breezes.

That has me thinking about orange.

Orange pumpkins.

Yellow-orange school buses.

Orange gourds and the orangey brown of melted caramel on apples.

Orange leaves.

Orange mums.

And orange books.

I took a walk around all the bookshelves in our home and pulled out the ones with orange spines, just for fun. Turns out I have quite a few, and a good variety, too, which feature variations of heart-warming orange:



Have you read any of these?

Do you see any favorites?

Better yet, wanna share your orange books?

Post a picture on your twitter or Instagram, and be sure to put the hashtag #orangebooks at the end.

Tweet: Orange you glad you took at peek at my bookshelf? #orangebooks

And as always, dear reader, thanks for visiting today!


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hems and notions. a poem.

i used a colored pencil to mark the seam 

against the same heel that 14 years before 

pressed against the inside 

of my belly and made me giggle with the hope of

what he will be.

I used a hot iron to stiffen the creases 

and a needle to press through the fabric 

tacking up the hem

tugging at my heart.

what’s a mama to do with the bittersweet seams

on one side, the world

on the other, emptying arms