Collard Greens

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Musings, The Dancing Pen | No Comments
Collard Greens

I am consistently asked to bring collard greens to family gatherings because folks seem to like the way I prepare them. So I am sharing the secret with you. Let me know how it works out. 2 bunches of collard greens 6 cloves garlic 1 yellow onion 3 T of olive oil 1/3 c of soy sauce […]

Rubbish

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Musings, The Dancing Pen | 2 Comments
Rubbish

One of the best things I did this summer was visit my local landfill. But this was not a normal landfill; it was a landfill in transition. A time capsule. A tomb. The Orange County landfill in Chapel Hill is now closed. It’s full. Its history is a controversial one involving environmental justice, politics, money, […]

The Best Way to Eat Figs

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Musings, The Dancing Pen | One Comment
The Best Way to Eat Figs

Ordinary figs are a delight, but this method is my absolute favorite way to enjoy these end-of-summer fruits. Your mouth will fall newly in love with you. Cut away the stems and quarter the figs, but don’t slice all the way through. Open the quarters like a flower and place a small crumble of chèvre […]

Baby Cardinals

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Musings, The Dancing Pen | 3 Comments
Baby Cardinals

This spring I noticed a little nest in the bush right outside my bedroom window. I wasn’t sure if it was abandoned or new. But then one day, three little eggs appeared. I wasn’t sure who they belonged to until mother showed up to sit on them. One day she kept looking underneath herself. “What’s […]

To the Virgins

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Musings, The Dancing Pen | No Comments
To the Virgins

I awoke this morning and stumbled into the kitchen to find our Amaryllis in bloom but fallen over on the table, its weighty blossom too heavy a head to hold. I righted it and took this picture, knowing that its beauty would not last. It put me in mind of this poem. To the Virgins, to […]

Bluebirds – Construction Begins

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Musings, The Dancing Pen | No Comments

This pair of bluebirds has decided to build a nest in my garden. The box has recently been moved and we were worried that this pair might not come back this year. To encourage them we’ve not been using the garden entrance. I planted cotton last year and have left some bolls lying about the […]

Prairie Wolf Press Review

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Musings, The Dancing Pen, Writing | 4 Comments

I grew up in a log cabin that my father built, and my grandmother lived in a little house halfway down the long gravel road between my cabin and the county road. Every day after school the bus would drop me off and I would stop at my grandmother’s house and say “I’m starving.” She […]

All In

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Musings, The Dancing Pen, Writing | No Comments

OK. Here’s the thing. This is a picture of my son’s plate as he helped himself to dinner. I have noticed that children consistently put their plates only halfway on the table. This phenomena extends to other activities as well. For example, when working on a project, the object under development will often be balanced […]