Friday, November 14, 2014


I know there's a metaphor somewhere in that photo of a little knothole in the Ventura Pier that I took last weekend, but I just haven't been able to think of one. Let me know if you have any ideas.

I'm getting ready to drive down to Orange County with the boys. Henry has a lacrosse tournament over the weekend, so I'll be -- what is it called? -- stateside, with my book, some knitting and my best pretend sports-Mom look. I'll keep you posted.

I know I have a lot of readers who are writers, and I wanted to tell you about a very cool opportunity you have to contribute to a wonderful cause and get a languishing manuscript read and critiqued by a famous writer. My alma mater, Caregifted (the organization founded by the MacArthur Genius grant winner, poet Heather McHugh) that sent me the amazing one-week, all-expenses paid trip to Victoria in June of 2013, will benefit from all the proceeds of this fabulous event/opportunity. Seriously, ya'll. Some of the writers donating their time to read YOUR manuscript are

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You can read more about it here.

Reader, what are your weekend plans? Do you have a metaphor for my photo of the greeny sea through knotty pine?


  1. Hole contains nothing
    Or so it would seem but look!
    Green water fills it

    There. A haiku for you. Be safe.

  2. I do not have a metaphor. But actually, the absence of a metaphor may BE the metaphor.


  3. i like Ms Moon's haiku :). If my brain was working, I would conjure a metaphor... but no coffee in my system yet :). COOL photo btw!

  4. Form is emptiness
    Emptiness is form.

  5. Sorry for the delay, I am catching up with life. OK, I will take a shot at this. I think sometimes chaos and crisis can bring us closer to becoming more aware from a spiritual perspective. This rabbit hole, so to speak, represents a way out, a journey toward something more beautiful, more brilliant and green.

    It is underneath and yet you can see it. The fact that you noticed it, signifies an awakening in you, an ability to see that which is hidden. The sea is majestic and ironically the magical home of mermaid maidens.



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