September’s fields of tall, crisp stalksare like dry soldiers martyred by harvest—Their innards, tender and warm producereveal robust kernels or rot—the industry of cutworms, beetles, borers.Tassels are fingered by hurried youthunloaded from yellow, sticky busestheir bundled glands pumping sweatinto drenched long sleeves and socks.At the lake, the basin is scorched,undressed by drought.Groups of family geese … Continue reading Eureka Lake Road
I regret that I didn't write and share photos more in 2017 in this special space. The loss of Grandma Mary at the end of 2016 extinguished a spark in my heart. I worried that the spark could never return. I now know that her death changed me, Leah, as I know myself, evermore. It … Continue reading Dearest Don Raine – This Was 2017
Dearest Don Raine, I'm not sure where to begin. I thought I could be one of those parents who blogged that could (well, blog reguarlarly for starters...) post letters to their children, but it turns out I am not and I haven't even been doing a good job of trying. It has actually been two years … Continue reading Dearest Don Raine
In memory of a man who was a significant person in my life a very long time ago. In memory of my youth, innocence, and my religion.
MEDICAL UPDATE: (After yesterday's post) Dan's heart showed improvement yesterday so the catheter was removed and he was moved out of CICU last night. Today cytology results came back and there were no cancer cells in the fluid. He was discharged today! Top 10 Reasons Our First Date Was Weird But Awesome (Kind of like … Continue reading Our First Date
At 11:00 p.m. Monday night I drove down our street away from our house, turning left at the stop sign onto 7th street. I slowed as a mule deer caught my attention; she stood in the middle of the street surrounded by a soft, hazy strip of white from a single streetlight above. She didn't move. My … Continue reading Three Deer
(This is a long overdue post that sat in my draft folder for over a month! Yikes!) For me, October was a blur of changing leaves and trying medications. I am really proud to say that I worked hard at getting healthier and by now, December, I am stable on some fantastic drugs (the … Continue reading My Birthday, Halloween, & Scan Results
I believe what I would remember most about this summer (and the quickly approaching end of it) was 1.) Trying to come to terms with the demands of my own health, and 2.) A fierce nesting phase as I tried to both prepare to launch my new graphic design business and transform our house into a rather lovely … Continue reading Summer Recap