Master in Maine


 sun, my light

wind, my path-maker

 rain, my seed grower

 earth, my partaker


by jeanne



illustrator: J Byron Schachner


the only constant

is change- snails-cats-fish-el’phants

planets-sun-and me

American (Field Guide)


watercolor  by Mary Shephard


The American

April 4, 2017 (Field Guides)


I am a continent
surrounded by two mighty oceans

a middling zone
feet at equator

skies with moon and sun;
earthly mountains and vales

dessert creatures underground
flower blossoms blowing in the wind

majestic and humble
all at once an altar for my God.

all rights

Field Guide
Once, in the cool blue middle of a lake,
up to my neck in the most precious element of all,
I found a pale-gray, curled-upwards pigeon feather
floating on the tension of the water
at the very instant when a dragonfly,
like a blue-green iridescent bobby pin,
hovered over it, then lit, and rested.
That’s all.
I mention this in the same way
that I fold the corner of a page
in certain library books,
so that the next reader will know
where to look for the good parts.
Tony Hoagland
in Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty

Thunder Storms in Sullivan County

A&O@Spring Recess2016

A sunny day in Austerlitz on Spring Break

I huddle under thunder-hail

heated-with high-speed internet.

The grands explore the creek and its mysteries-

sun-dappled creatures swimming by.

Grand trees grab sun and lichen-

Grands celebrate forces of nature.

All generations bow before beauty

in  the rain, sun, valley and mountains.





on my Hudson deck

Definition #172 Up

Kavi celebrates Spring

Kavi celebrates Spring








The word “Easter” and most of the secular celebrations of the holiday come from pagan traditions. Anglo Saxons worshipped Eostre, the goddess of springtime and the return of the sun after the long winter. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became our Easter Bunny. Eggs were a symbol of fertility in part because they used to be so scarce during the winter. There are records of people giving each other decorated eggs at Easter as far back as the 11th century.

Pattern#39 Watercolor’s Secret

Photo by Michael Lai

Photo by Michael Lai

watercolor by Catherine Johnson

watercolor by Catherine Johnson

Watercolor’s Secret

Leave the white wide glare;
snap the eye right there; paper
spot lights sun’s delight!

Pattern #6 Corn


Black-white corn tongue spikes
Up to sun and rain and air
Seeks golden kernels!

Tongue Twister: #28 Life Jacket


Life jacket
fishing pole
hot seat

Life boat
motor boat
cool wake

Poppa Bear

Tongue Twister #14 I Was a Nun

Diva Pig Cover
I was a nun-for-fun
A bun in the oven
A hun in the honey
A run in the stocking
A sun in the darkness
A ton of good cheer.
I won a nun-prize:
No puns
No guns
No done deals
But daily becoming
A nun for real.

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