May 15, 2015
chocolate flower, hiatus, Pansies, photos, travel
Hi-ā-tus. Comes from the Latin hiare, to gape. I wonder if that is connected to the fact that the “ah” sound is when the mouth opens widest. The “a” turned long in hiatus, a word which first appeared in 1563, according to the OED.
I’ve had a number of gaps in my blogging in the past year, because other things got in the way. Unscheduled interruptions. I am now taking an intentional break. I’m heading east and attending my college reunion. I won’t have my laptop there.
My garden is sending me off with some healthy looking flowers. The pansies have given me color all winter and haven’t quit yet.
These yellow daisy-like flowers are called Chocolate Flower. Supposedly they smell like chocolate if you brush past them early in the morning. I’ve never caught the scent. Maybe it’s not dark chocolate.
I plan to be back in action about June 1, with pictures, I hope, from past and upcoming travels. And the new thoughts that being in a new place sometimes brings.
May 12, 2015
blogging, photos, sunrise, sunset
Laurie Smith has a stunning sunrise on his blog this week. https://laurie27wsmith.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/fire-in-the-sky-at-the-writers-room/ It makes me think about how the setting of one’s house favors either sunset or sunrise, but rarely both. We have sunrise over the mountains here. He gets lots of sunsets. To get the picture, he had to look back over his house.
Now and then there’s a sunset here that brings a lot of color to the clouds in the east, as in this photo I took recently.
Sunset in the East
Laurie is a better photographer than I am, and the area around his Writers Room, located somewhere in Australia, has animals as well as plants to see. Have a look at his blog.
April 14, 2015
garden, photos, spring
About two weeks ago, the blue iris burst out.
These came with the house. That is, I found two very small clumps of leaves. I didn’t know what they were. When someone said they looked like iris leaves I transplanted them and they began to expand. Only this last year did I get a lesson in when to feed them. They appreciate being looked after.
Another plant which came with the house is Indian Hawthorn, now in bloom.
In the space vacated by a very overgrown sage plant (why would anyone plant something that wants to get six feet wide in a less than two foot wide strip?) I put this small cactus. Its blooms, photographed last week, are already spent.The mesquite tree leaves are filling out. That pale green color is appearing all over the desert areas: there’s a lot of mesquite in the area.One of the two little iris clumps turned out to be a white iris. It is now in full bloom – but only one – while the blue ones have faded. Obviously, this color is more finicky. I’m hoping more attention will increase the blooms. This one is planted outside my study window.
April 5, 2015
Albuquerque, Made and Remade, poetry, Santa Fe
Northern New Mexico, that is. I am scheduled to do two readings from my book, Made and Remade, at independent bookstores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque during April.
I’ll be in Santa Fe on Saturday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m. at op.cit. books, Sanbusco Center, 500 Montezuma Ave.
I’ll be in Albuquerque on Saturday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m. at BOOKWORKS, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW.
If you’re in either area on the day I’m reading, please come by and say hello.
The poems in Made and Remade respond to William Paley’s book, Natural Theology, published in 1802. Famous for his analogy, “suppose I had found a watch upon the ground . . . the inference we think is inevitable, that the watch must have had a maker . . . .,” the book presents Paley’s case for creation by design. As cracks developed in a once coherent world view, we are left with patches and pieces – the material of poetry – with which to make meaning. The poems move in many directions, reflecting on how much has changed in 200 years.