Posts filed under ‘haiku’



beneath crippling fear

a constant drone of reason

for once ~  i listened




February 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm 2 comments

polar weaponry




a voracious bite

with invisible tendrils

each stinger packs heat





from mid 50’s drab to ‘minus cold’ winter wonderland


January 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm 21 comments

old roads


walking down old roads

miles and miles of memories

pieces left behind





December 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm 10 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – The Finale

The Finale

soaring crescendos

all the dancers on the stage

Clara bids farewell


me – Act I – center stage – before the tree starts to grow

The photo above was taken from a special souvenir photo book which was created for the 1981 Nutcracker Season.  After spending my Sunday afternoon digging through boxes, I found this gem amongst many, many other treasures.  This photo was taken in 1979.

I hope you have enjoyed my series of pieces inspired by The Nutcracker Ballet.  As a child, the holidays were The Nutcracker. As an adult, they are very special memories – ones which I will never, ever forget.  Just ask my boys….they hear the same stories year after year, after year, after year…..and it looks like y’all will be suffering the same fate!

December 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm 17 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy


The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy



celesta keys strike


dainty pink pointes enamor


a charming classic



The celesta, an instrument invented in 1886, gets its name for its “celestial,” tinkling sound.  It provides the distinctive music that accompanies the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It is a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard.  Tchaikovsky is considered to be the first major composer to utilize the celesta in a musical composition – his Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is the most well-known. (For the music buffs in the audience, Tchaikovsky first used the instrument in a symphonic poem – The Voyevoda in 1891 – The Nutcracker was written in 1892.)

December 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm 4 comments

night number five


made by tiny hands

special treasures from their youth

no candles required



jordan menorah

Jordan’s mat and menorah


jordan menorah 2

Jordan’s menorah made in 1998 of wood, nuts, glue and paint


peyton menorah

Peyton’s drip mat and menorah


peyton menorah 2

Peyton’s menorah made in 1999 of pasta, paint and glue. One lasagna noodle and ten rigatoni pieces  (tidbit of advice – try to use the pasta with the least amount of bend 🙂



our corps de menorahs


December 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

The Nutcracker Act II – Arabian Dance

The Arabian Dance


quietly subdued

an exotic seduction

she moves like fluid


where some of my nuts reside….

I decided to cut and paste this variation – the original lacked a photo, which was due to my lack of poor planning.  Last year when I started this project it was supposed to be one post, then it became an entire series.

The photo above is in response to a question asked – where do I keep all of my Nutcrackers?  What you see is a shelf, in a hutch, located in my living room.  I have lots of Nutcracker items – lots – and these are my most valuable.  The one in the very center, on the top shelf – is priceless.  In due time, you will discover why…

December 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm 8 comments

the second night of lights


standing tall and proud

each flame reaches to the sky

solace holds my hand



night two

the drip mats were made by the boys in preschool. Jordan’s was made in 1997 – less than two months after Peyton was born.


December 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm 8 comments

the overture


his score calls my name

i am summoned to the stage

home – where i belong



photo taken for The Cincinnati Enquirer in December 1998 – studio rehearsal for The Nutcracker – the battle scene


December 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm 7 comments

the first night of lights


colorful candles

hearing her voice once again

a comforting glow




my mother’s favorite holiday


December 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm 7 comments

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