I make things (stained glass, sushi napkins, pysanky, necklaces, bagels, embroidery, cabbage rolls, etc.) for fun. Write poetry but am too critical and so find it agonizing. I have sewn and cooked nearly every type of thing. I like to read about science, particularly neuroscience. Do contract writing and graphics from home for a living. Raised a reasonably happy kid, am keeping a spouse of 35+ years reasonably healthy and happy. Though nearing retirement, I still wonder what I should do when I grow up.Here's my poem about motherhood written during the Iraq War, when contemplating Saddam Hussein's challenge that the "mother of all wars" was about to begin amidst worries of Oklahoma's windy weather. I wrote a poem about the kind of temperate parenting that avoids creating the Saddam Husseins of the world. Later I read that Saddam's father used to beat him often.
The Mother of All Storms
In this paper- and jacket-piled home,
typhoons touch down without warning -
whirlwinds jut with arms and feet
wrestling, hugging, fighting and ever
raining socks, combs, trolls and crumbs.
I’m the weathervane - shrugging, spinning
and pointing out:
No banging on the
doorbell to make Tinker howl,
No napping on the entry, stairs or
No putting Silly Putty in gum
wrappers for a gag
No massaging biscuits or abusing
No feet, shoes, or socks on the
I’m the barometer of storms that gust among us -
Seeding clouds with popcorn,
tracking how long a squall blows,
or warning in my make-my-day voice
to stop and take cover.
Elgar, Kodaly, Bartok, Prokofiev, Satie, Orff, Joyce Yang, Paul Neubauer, Glenn Gould, Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma, Thelonius Monk, Adam Lambert, Sally Oldfield, Tony Romanello, Muse, Bernard Benoit, Chris Norman (The Flower of Port Williams), Joan Tower.
Favorite TV Shows:
Be Good Johnny Weir, www.ted.com ( http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_barber_how_i_fell_in_love_with_a_fish.html ), www.hulu.com, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, The Today Show, Colbert Report, 30 Rock.
Avatar, Gandhi, Babette's Feast, Julie and Julia, Jesus in Montreal.