I See You in There!


Laras knot hole eye

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a Ponderosa Pine stump and can’t get out? Maybe all this staying at home, for who knows how long, will teach us what bears already know; how to hibernate and sleep through the down times! Hopefully we won’t stay as long as Rip Van Winkle. Even so, by the time we come back out the world will be a different place than the one we remember.

Smiling eye peaking

through the knot-hole in our tree

“Come out! It’s springtime!”


The air is fresh // sky is blue

We miss your hugs Grandma


Photo: Lara Z. Condon

Why Have We Lost Our Marbles


Whatever happened to little boys (and girls)
Who used to trade and shoot marbles with their thumbs?
Drawing a circle in the sand // taking turns
Seeing who was the best shot…
There was a time when children played outside every day;
Enjoying fresh air // interacting with each other
Building lifelong friendships.
Children today also use their thumbs;
Not to shoot marbles; rather, to type texts
and play video games on a computer.
Isolated in a non-social world of their fantasy;
Their thumbs to click through dark worlds
Of monsters, shooters, aliens, and walking dead…
Collecting points on a screen, instead of marbles in a bag.
And we wonder why kids today go off the deep end!


Photo: Dwight L. Roth



Little Boxes


When De Jackson, at d’verse, gave us the word box to write about for Quadrille Monday, I immediately thought of Pet Seeger’s song from 1968, “Little Boxes”. It is such a great reminder to all of us how easy it is to allow ourselves to be put into boxes of many kinds “to keep us like everybody else.” Fortunately there are always a few of us who like to crawl out of our boxes and our comfort zones and become the unique individuals that we were meant to be. I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do. I live in one of those little boxes!

 One of six hundred…

Little boxes up and down the streets

All made out of ticky tacky

And they all look just the same…

With rules and regulations

Some enforced by the HOA.

More developments popping up

Trees and fresh air depleted

Who Cares!!


Little Boxes video: YouTube.com

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