Wednesday, October 7, 2015


I rested here awhile after the second cataract procedure
 Then home for the month long drops regimen,
but I could see within a day
I'm reading again!  An old favorite

Ventured out to the book launch of poet friends
 Saw the moon through buildings on the way home
 On the night of the full lunar eclipse I was with the
Amateur Astronomers of New York up on the High line
 It was awesome
I made a melange of raw kale, apple, carrot, and cashew
 Then, the temperature dropped and the rain began.
I packed for my planned week away on long Island.  But, in the morning I woke up blighted hard by a nasty cold
Remedies of choice + sleep and soup
Kept hoping it would let go
It rained and rained + no heat
 A trip to the market for supplies during a break in the weather
Noted wild grass growing beautifully
I lifted my head from the sick bed imagining sunlight
 New addition of an old remedy from Ananda days.
Mix with honey-take teaspoons every hour or so.
 The rain departed and skies got blue
but I'm still ill and never got away
 Consulting turtles
 Reading blogs, emails and Face book
Changed my cover shot
 Ventured out for a meditation and encountered the birthday party
for one of the monks at Zen Center for Contemplative care
 (that's Koshin's name on a delicious cake)
 A night time walk around Gramarcy Park
Crickets and cicadas still singing
"Get well-Get well-Get well Michelle"
Back to bed
Perhaps tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Though you are in your shining days,
Voices among the crowd
And new friends busy with your praise,
Be not unkind or proud,
But think about old friends the most:
Time’s bitter flood will rise,
Your beauty perish and be lost
For all eyes but these eyes.


 A cool breeze blew over Madison Square Park
Here's Beautiful Jo-Jo Yoga
a friend for decades
 She took this shot of me
(where DID I get that outfit)
 A kindly passer-by took this one of us
 then, this 'goofin' around' one
She has always been there when I needed her, and will retrieve me from the second cataract surgery this coming Thursday.  The Surgical center is one floor above the yoga center where she works!  I'll go home and rest. Four hours after surgery, if all goes well, I will have twenty-twenty vision in two eyes!
I am fortunate in so many ways.

Friday, September 18, 2015


 The landscape of course,
and the light
Critters enjoying home comforts,
"Ity-Bert" on the move
"Baby Bert" on the hot tub
 "Sissy" and "Mona"
with "Betsy" in the shadows of the pink room
"Bruno" loves Roger
The humans infuse the space with labors of love and loyalty,
their generosity and tenderness illuminates every corner
 'She' at the plant table cracking Black Walnuts,
extracting their meat for another cookie batch
While over at the Gazebo,
'He' reads world news
pine needles are cradled in a spiders web
a high shelf waits, ready for Winter

Guest room with Buddha,
where i slept so well
Fox on a sill, remembering
the fox in the yard

There are succulents in the garden
 rosemary, mint and thyme
 and more apples for sauce
The memorial bench embedded in greenery, and
surrounded by phlox and foxglove
 Hydrangea in the bird feeder enclosure often twitters and chirps with sparrow, titmouse, blue jay, blackbird and cardinal conversation
 Here's native white aster
 Golden rod
Geraniums bloom all year
Paths to back woods
for following
 The pool at noon
One last leisure hammock swing

Then, farewell rabbits
New York City bound on an afternoon train