A LONG, RICH HISTORY

Eastern Oregon and the surrounding areas were havens for Native Americans. Many of these tribes, including the Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Shoshone, would spend their summers in the bountiful Grande Ronde Valley, where they would forage, hunt, fish, and bathe in hot springs. Tribes that may have been hostile toward each otherContinue reading “A LONG, RICH HISTORY”

ETERNAL JOURNEY

Falling into silence; Deep within my own soul, Where whispers can be heard; Where silhouettes and shadows Paint pictures dark and vague; Where one speaks without a word.   Finding the secret place; Mysteries yet to unfold, Where riddles dance and play; Where questions and quandary live In their exploration That challenges each old way.Continue reading “ETERNAL JOURNEY”

WHEN RAIN COMES

Sometimes rain comes softly, With a subtle touch and light step, She arrives in the dark of night. The signs of her visit Are fragrant, crystalline jewels That sparkle in the morning light. Then there are sudden times, When Thunder and Lightning join her Accompanied by mighty wind. Great chaos and drama Send creatures runningContinue reading “WHEN RAIN COMES”

RENAISSANCE

Darkness yields to dawning light; Ones asleep for a long, cold season Begin to awaken and stir.     Thoughts and dreams once lost in time Slowly rise up from deepest places, Where they wait and hope for rebirth.     Feelings bring fresh sensation, Sweet misery made from pain and joy Sing new songsContinue reading “RENAISSANCE”

INTANGIBLE FRIEND

Sometimes soft and gentle, Speaking in lowest whispers; Sometimes more flamboyant With songs too loud for ears.   Often filled with gusto, Enthusiasm bursting; Then quiet and moody, Not doing a single thing.   Innocently dancing Twirling and spinning around Until you fall with laughter In a heap on the ground.   So unpredictable; YetContinue reading “INTANGIBLE FRIEND”

ACCESS AND ITS PARADOXES

This is one of the short essays I wrote for my application to graduate school.  I thought it might be fun to share.  Enjoy:     I wonder how Louisa May Alcott and Emily Dickinson would react if they could experience the age of access in which we now live.  For that matter, what wouldContinue reading “ACCESS AND ITS PARADOXES”

SEPTEMBER

Summer is winding down: Evening comes sooner; Preparations for winter happen in earnest; Teachers and students are back at the ol’ grind! Everybody knows that Months will be colder for a while; Blizzards and rainstorms will brew, Enveloping the world in white blankets, Running over into streets. Soon enough, however, Everything will start to awaken,Continue reading “SEPTEMBER”

THE PANTRY

Freshly scrubbed and lined shelves Are bursting With jars full of sunshine. Peaches and apricots Are glowing With delightful goodness. Pickles and relishes Are waiting To spice up winter meals. Large baskets and boxes Are holding Potatoes and squash. Jams, Jellies and sweet things Are spreading Their tempting aromas. Flour, rice, bread and pasta AreContinue reading “THE PANTRY”

SAFE RETREAT

In Fall it’s time to put to bed All tender flowers And gently spread A blanket of mulch To keep them warm; While the icy winds blow The world hardens, the ice and snow Turns everything white, Quiet and cold; And people bask in firelight. Beneath the winter snow there lies A world of creatures,Continue reading “SAFE RETREAT”