This unfinished cross-stitch tapestry was started (I think) by my mom in 1977. That’s the date stamped on the pattern. I rescued the unfinished project from the old house in one of the many clean-out sessions, found in a walk-in closet along with many other sewing materials, loose fabric swatches, patterns and pincushions, scissors and […]


From Four Blue Eggs, published by Homebound Publications. Celebrate 5 years independent publishing, order your copy today, and give it to your mom. On My Mother’s Seventy-third Birthday The hike is pleasant; the trail markers are new, ferns and mountain laurel bloom along the path. A soft whispering breeze says something about remembrances and a flimsy […]

Happy Birthday

This poem was originally published in Four Blue Eggs, which is available from Homebound Publications (ON SALE) as well as on Amazon (paperback or e-book ON SALE!). Please consider purchasing a copy or downloading it for your Kindle or Nook and enjoying the poems on a summer day. In these transitional weeks between mother’s day […]


This poem first appeared in Potato Eaters, published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. Tissue On the nights she went out to PTA meetings and Tupperware parties, my mother would leave a pressed ruby imprint of lips on a square of toilet paper. Pirating treasure-kisses left on the counter, by the time I was fourteen, […]