Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday Morning

Saturday morning
ripe with the pleasure
of summer and family
books to read
lazy sun
juicy peaches
farm market
neighborhood errands
friendly hellos
smile on me, life,
smile on.

July 26, 2008

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bumping into Leah

She was standing on a busy street corner near a Metro stop looking tentative, traffic roaring by, her white cane probing in an arc around her-- a slightly plump young white woman with pink cheeks and long, wavy brown hair. I wasn’t sure if she needed help and didn’t want to intrude, but I slowed down as I passed just in case. “Excuse me?” she called out. “Could you tell me what street we are on?”

I suggested we walk together, since it turned out we were heading in the same direction. She kept bumping into me as we walked along, quite companionably, searching for the noodle café where she had arranged to meet her boyfriend. I inquired if she was vision impaired, and she was amazingly jolly as she explained that from birth she couldn’t really see, and that it took eight years to establish that she wasn’t stupid or mentally inadequate-- during which time no one knew what to make of her, or do for her, or with her. It was eventually determined that she had a severely and unusually limited range and field of vision. Her mother’s love was her constant solace.

We found our way to the noodle café, where we said goodbye. I continued on with my day savoring the memory of Leah, her warm and sweet sense of humor, and picturing the field and range of her vibrant personality as she navigates through the world, bumping into people and things.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sticky Cool

Sticky Cool

It's a sticky cool summer evening
on the terrace.
One sticks to the chair a little
but there's enough of a breeze
barely a zephyr but enough
to imagine
that one is someplace exotic
especially because the
father and son having dinner
nearby are speaking in a
mysterious language.
So while I wait for my son to
finish baseball practice down
the road I am far away
drinking water on a terrace
urbane and alive
at one with the sticky cool

July 21, 2008

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Summer Bouquet

A summer bouquet from the farm market... for you!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Refreshing Suggestion: Mad Hot Ballroom

Would you like a really sweet, refreshing film to view this summer?

May I suggest a new find from my public library dvd shelf: Mad Hot Ballroom, a 2005 documentary by Cuban-born director Marilyn Agrelo and writer/producer Amy Sewell about a ballroom dance program in the New York City public school system. 11-year old 4th & 5th graders compete for the city-wide prize in ballroom dancing. Agrelo profiles several of the classes competing, and the results are sheer delight-- charming, candid, funny, touching, sizzling, refreshing and inspiring. A winner!

Click here to watch the trailer on youtube:


Ps—what are some of your favorite films?