Monthly Archives: November 2012

How to name your turtle

This story isn’t particularly beautiful, but it WAS unexpected… My four year old son Sage got a new toy turtle from my mother. I asked him what he’d named it, and he replied, “Ria.” (Or at least that’s how I ASSUMED it was spelled.) I thought the name surprisingly beautiful for a plastic turtle, but […]


The last couple of days have been gray–both figuratively and literally–and produced nothing Muse-inducing. Today, however, I have a fresh new piece of evidence for karma’s existence. In a book I recently read, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen (great book, by the way–I highly recommend it), the author talks about how […]

White llama in a field of sheep

Today is gray, cold and sullen–not ideal for a walk, but the countryside beckoned and the dog stared plaintively. At the end of my road, a flock of sheep showed vivid white against the withered brown hillside. I noticed a long-necked oddity lying aloof. At first, I thought it was one sheep standing behind another and seemingly fused […]

Inspiration for this blog

I’m finally starting the blog I’ve been meaning to start for ages.  As a former English teacher turned library aide/freelance writer, I’ve been mulling over my topic. There’s a lot I’d like to say–eventually–but for now, my primary goal is to to share the moments of unexpected beauty that shimmer briefly against the gray backdrop of […]

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