Monthly Archives: June 2016

june 30

I had forgotten.
But reading the young mom’s blog post
about the birth of her daughter,
the diagnosis of spina bifida,
the clash of her emotions,
her fears of the unknowns,
and ultimately her joy ..
(because after all,
she welcomed a baby
into a family,)
I remembered.

I had forgotten
but now I remembered:
the diagnosis,
the way I curled up in a ball for 3 days,
knowing I would go on
but clueless as to how.
And then the gift
of family and friends,
co-workers and community,
coming together to help and to welcome
a baby
into a family,
my joy.

Those of us with special needs babies
have unique memories of their birth days;
they are the last threshold
where anything about our child’s life was familiar.
Soon we enter unknown seas
floating in the dark and fog,
because this map of childhood
is beyond our imagination.
We just keep going,
our love as a compass,
believing as we must,
that this world is also round
and we won’t sail off the edge.

Twenty eight years ago
I entered those uncharted seas.
Parenting my son has been my greatest challenge,
and I feel like I’m not done navigating this world as his parent.
But it’s been a worthwhile journey,
and there is none like it,
and I welcomed this young mom
to what I know will be
an amazing trip.


june 27

My little tribute to the lodge pole pine of Yellowstone Park: 

The lodge pole pine
is returning to the landscape following the devasting fires of 1988.

This straight growing tree, perfect for teepee poles,
has a shallow root system and they pile up like toothpicks
on the higher elevations during strong winds.
The geyser fields are strewn with their ghostly bones.
2-IMG_5817Slow to grow but tenacious,
the lodge pole pine twists as it grows,
giving each limb fair access to the sunlight.
The lodge pole pine is a tree for the ages. 1-IMG_5446

June 23

conversation in the car as we traveled back out of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone “What picture should I draw today of our trip?”

“The bison in front of the Tetons.”

“I’m not sure how to draw a bison.”

“Just draw a drumstick and add legs.”



June 22

Museum of the Rockies – dinosaurs, rocks, Native Americans, pioneers and Pompei – lots of my favorite studies when I was growing up

and then a beautiful drive south along a wandering river with fisherman at every mile or so and rocks, love that geology

instagram for  today


June 21

traveling I-90 from Spokane to Bozeman, so many little snapshots I took with my mind

I saw a rusted old tractor on a hillside and was reminded of “Otis” from the recent children’s picture book.  Here is an old fashioned instagram of the image.


june 19

first books of summer:

The Monsters of Templeton
The Bird Skinner
People of the Book
Britt-Marie was Here

next up:

Into the Magic Shop
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

june 18

another found scrap of poem

she left
a change in the wind
found her
shedding all that rooted her
to ground
she left

june 17

throwback photo

1-IMG_0661most people look at this photo and see a little guy posing in some crazy-looking sunglasses

I look at this picture and remember a 4 year old, working hard to arrange and hold his paralyzed legs in a position he saw regularly in his relatives and friends

not aware of his sunglasses at all

june 11

Seeing green – Carkeek Park, Seattle







june 8

it’s a drizzly June day
we stop in to the sandwich shop
“What would you like today?”
“A reuben.”

we sit and listen to some ladies
at a table across the way
“How was your reuben?”
“Just right.”

a couple moves to the back after ordering;
another couple joins them
“What did you all order?”

comment from a listening lady:
“It’s a reuben kind of day!”