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New Year's Resolution

Honored to have my story, "New Year's Resolution," published in Microfiction Monday Magazine today. Thank you, Gayle Towell!

New Year’s Resolution
My resolution was decluttering, but it was disingenuous; I’d carried an unofficial obsessiveness diagnosis for years. Christmas was hardest; unlit pine candles and dusty tomtes flanked an artificial tree that lost needles anyway. I rarely read cards upon receipt; too busy whisking them from envelope to bookshelf. Cleanup was easier -- sweeping into squared piles more efficient -- but the photo of mom and me dancing at the wedding re-emerged. Two Christmases have passed since I phoned goodbye from an airport terminal. “We all die alone, anyway,” she said when I asked to come earlier, but I never believed she meant it.

When the Walls Fall Away

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When the Walls Fall Away


Waxed Javanese linen screens drape a dioramic proscenium, their layered shading an homage to Daguerre, before he found photography. The displays transform with the passing of days and curatorial whims, but the protagonists, ever resolute, give stability to the chaos. In the courtyard, winter couldn’t wilt the lavender; the snow retreated and the camphor and pine once again offered aromatic memories, stalks erect to propitiate the sun sneaking through clouded windows. Behind you is the autumn scene, but you needn’t look, because you know they’re there, hand outstretched for your weary shoulder or warm embrace -- you know it as home.

(Photo by Wendy Rosenberg)

Wolfe's Neck Park at low tide

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The Greystone Oak, Canton CT

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Sunset at Simpson's Point, Brunswick ME, 01/16/17


Sunset over Maquoit Bay, Brunswick ME 01/16/17





Snowshoeing Feldspar Conservation Land 12/30/16

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Winter wonderland 12/30/16

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The aptly-named Winterberry Holly

Dawn breaking over the pond