The Mask Divided

It is an odd sensation that courses through my body as I glance out the window where I work. Passersby wear masks. Masks made of cloth. Medical masks. Masks contrived from bandanas. The feeling is surreal. I am walking through a dream in a near dystopian novel or movie, not real life. Not the reality... Continue Reading →

Sediment of Complacency

There has been no rain. No wind. No stirring. A rose floats listlessly upon the water. No stem. No roots. Nothing to ground it. Only a stagnant puddle to attract the mosquitoes of society ready to pounce, to smother, to take rights that should be equally possessed. Those mosquitoes are blood suckers, parasites, only thinking... Continue Reading →

Seals and Jane Austen

No one is to be seen except the occasional passerby or visitor to the seals. It is quietly surreal in a place which at this time last year bustled with tourists, no seat to be found. The cackles of children to interrupt reveries. I am reminded of the days I lived in the mountains of... Continue Reading →

Ready To Study in Kassel

Packing day!  Suitcase lays open!  I play with a new camera while spending time with Miki, my cockatiel.  My daughter has graduated high school and is working on her own preparations to become a University of Massachusetts Boston student.  I keep unpacking and repacking unsure of what to take.  All important papers are copied and... Continue Reading →

The Early Days

October 2019 Salem, Massachusetts I never imagined life would be as it is now. Leisure and worry mingle with much needed forced relaxation. We are living in the era of coronavirus. New Year’s Eve began as any other night. Exhausted, I was barely able to stay awake to watch the ball drop. My life has... Continue Reading →

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