(Reposted from several years ago.)
Unburden Me Here
The sheep herself is hoarse
That bleats the sealed gates of St. Peter
Above my battleground. Come, Holy Spirit
That tends to mortal hearts, unburden me here,
And fill me from the halo to the pedicure
Of warmest serenity!
[modified from Lady Macbeth's speech from Macbeth]
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
My husband says that if we get another dog, we're going to name him "Sabotage", because you can't call his name without sounding like the Beastie Boys.
Other names on the table:
Rasputin (for a Boxer or a teacup Yorkie)
Nostradamus (because dogs sense danger even when it's just a kid riding down the sidewalk on a tricycle)
Note: We have vowed not to get a second dog until we can afford to put up a fence. But we can dream.
Monday, December 28, 2015
What we've been up to in 2015:
JANUARY: New York, New York!
|I was in town for a grad school mid-year shindig. We sat down with some agents and editors and visited all the cool sights.|
|I fulfilled my life long dream of seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.|
|Then I fulfilled Cole's life long dream of visiting the library from the opening scene in Ghostbusters.|
|Had to stop by NBC. |
"Jimmy, cut. Cats rescuing firemen?! Somebody get me Tina on the horn!"
March: Gavin turned 7.
|You want a Kirby cake? You got it.|
|After the first 1/2 mile, we walked. Medals were for participation.|
|THIS IS THE BEST WRITING CONFERENCE IN UTAH!|
|HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, LUVAH. 13 years.|
|Our relationship in a nutshell.|
JUNE: Layne had a piano recital.
|Good job, sweetie! I love "Chopsticks!"|
|Layne learned a cheer and performed on the football field. She was fantastic!|
|Y Mountain in Provo, UT|
|We hiked the Y for the first time as a whole family.|
JULY: Hello, Vienna!
|For my second grad school residency, I spent 2 weeks in Austria.|
|Two weeks of writing, listening to writing lectures, workshopping manuscripts, and touring the city.|
|The monastery in Melk, Austria.|
|Love the architecture. At night the skyline is scalloped in places.|
|The canal that runs through the city.|
|Castle in Bratislava.|
|The Prater in Vienna.|
AUGUST: Summer hiking adventures. If you live in Utah, you take advantage of its beauty.
|First day of school. Gav - 2nd grade, Lane - 5th.|
|Segullah published an article of mine.|
|Beaka lives with grandma in So. Utah.|
|Gavin played on a community fb team.|
|I'm so proud.|
|Comic Con 2015. The best time of the year. Layne and Cole loved zombie laser tag. I loved the Animanics panel and the nerd poetry slam. Gavin loved his Sonic the Hedgehog hat.|
OCTOBER: Publications, birthdays, and Halloween!
|Wahoo! Another publication!|
|And more hiking in Capitol Reef.|
|This was a scary one for Layne. She has a fear of heights.|
|Layne turned 11 during the month.|
|Halloween. Gavin was Sonic.exe and Layne was a mermaid.|
|Layne won first place in the PTA Reflections contest for her artwork. The theme was "Let your imagination fly."|
|I wrote all month, except for a week when I was sick as a dog.|
|I've been writing my second memoir, Bigfoot & Me: A Memoir of Marriage and Mental Illness. |
I have 62,000 now, but it's still not done. I'm close.
|A nasty habit of mine.|
|Gavin suddenly grew some sort of an artist gene.|
|Where did this talent come from???|
|He's been watching tutorial after tutorial.|
|Cole and I refurbished this hutch. It belonged to my mother, and I'm pretty sure it's at least twenty years old.|
|Bought these at DI when we moved into our home 6 years ago. I added these letters so they would look a little like typewriter keys.|
DECEMBER: I published another essay!
|My article in Superstition Review is out! It's been a good year for publications.|
AND (spoilers) I had another one accepted for publication for January. More on this later.
|The Praterstern that I wrote about in the first bit of the essay.|
|Still teaching. Still loving it. Life is good.|
Merry Christmas, friends and family.
Love you all!