Tanka #12

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lights shine in night sky,
an owl sings in the distance,
crickets echo, day
contemplating existence,
be still and take it all in

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#poetry, #existence, #life, #love, #nature, #poem, #poems, #silence, #stillness, #tanka

A Blogger’s Diary 5/16/21: On the Week, Writing and Reflecting, Summer Schedule, and Navigating Difficult Situations

The Week

This past week was, well, like many of the weeks that preceded it, in this year of pandemic. Meaning, my days, for now, look similar from week to week. Work, eat, meditate, write, sleep. Not in that order, or, rather, sometimes, yet not always.

Yet, as you know, there is a trip coming to Los Angeles. Only a couple more weeks, and I’ll board an airplane for the first time in over 15 months. Pretty wild.

Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the writing that occurred this week.

Writing and Reflecting

This past week, I completed the second installments in both the Willamette Valley Wanderings and Wonderings series, and the Community Gardening series. The latter has already been published, and the former will be published next week. Super fun.

I am enjoying being out in the sun right now, and am looking forward to more sun as we move towards summer. Yes, I love the sun and the heat. As I lived most of my life in LA, where it is sunny, well, almost all of the time, I have a special affinity for sunshine.

Being out on hikes and working in the garden when it is sunny, is especially lovely.

Summer Schedule 

Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon

As I wrote in last week’s entry, the Summer Schedule is out and registration starts Monday, May 17. Our summer offerings are on the small side, yet, we have plans for a large fall term. Exciting.

The team and I are also now talking about introducing more in-person classes, as possible, this fall. As I’ve written before, I see the next 15 to 18 months as a slow reintroduction to in-person classes, while also continuing to offer remote classes. 

With the reintroduction of in-person classes, including the team back in the office beginning this summer, will come mixed emotions for, well, everyone, me included. Exciting, yes, and also anxiety producing. Normal.

That, as a team, we are aware of this truth, simply means we can talk through these emotions as they arise and work through them together. Lovely.

Navigating Difficult Situations

Invariably, you have, and will continue to be presented with difficult situations; we all have and will. It’s part of being a human being. I was presented with a couple this past week. Both of these situations are work related, and are, well, navigable. Just like all difficult situations.

When we stay present to what is known, and get clear on what caused the difficult situation to arise in the first place, we make a space to create new possibilities.

In both of the situations I was presented this past week, I, first, listened, then did my research, and learned. Once I was clear on what was happening, I was ready to create.

And, you know what?

From the space of clarity, anything is possible. Both of these situations presented me with challenges, and, at times, felt, well, not so great. Yet, once worked through, I was able to create new ways forward.

When you are presented with difficulties, remember to stay present, listen, learn, and then create. 

From the space of clarity, we get to then stand in the current reality. And, on a team, or in a family, when we are all clear and understand the current reality, no matter what the reality is, we can all work together to move forward. Beautiful.

Alright, that’s all for this week.

Have a lovely week, my friends.

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Haiku #24

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Water, transfixed in
mind, ruminations abound
as life mirrors back.

#poetry, #contemplation, #earth, #haiku, #introspection, #life, #love, #mirror, #poem, #poems, #rumination, #water

Community Gardening: Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, and a Haiku

Corvallis, Oregon

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted about the community garden. All is going well. Very well, in fact.

Last week, I planted four tomato plants, and a zucchini and squash plant; and the peas are growing delightfully.

Here are some recent pics.

The indoor starts are close. I am waiting one more week, just in case we get some rain; they are still small, so a large rain would be harmful.

Here is a pic of the indoor starts.

Corvallis, Oregon


Yep. Planting the indoor starts next week. After that? Watch and tend. Beautiful.

And, here’s a haiku I created recently as I was contemplating the garden.

watch them grow, one and
then another, roots unfold,
take hold, then? behold

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#poetry, #community-garden, #community-gardening, #garden, #gardening, #haiku, #planting, #poem, #poems


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my emotions feel like a
spool of thread
wound tight, yet not too so,
more just right.

How, you ask, could I know?

Years spent
living in a body
with emotions bound
so tight,
I lived on the verge
of extinction
from the very bliss of
every little feeling distinction.

And now?

Just right,
is about the state
of things today. And,
I’m always curious
about what the next chapter

will lay

at my feet.

As I continue
to learn
more about my (our)
very existence
on a planet
so full of wonder
I often forget

what I’m dealing


#poetry, #contemplation, #earth, #emotions, #forget, #introspection, #life, #nature, #poem, #poems


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Does language
ever really capture
the love we feel

Do stars
drop from the sky
and nestle us
with great surprise?

these questions,
I think about the boys,
grown up so much now;
it’s hard to believe
as I still see their shadow
in my rear view.

On different paths,
are they,
yet learning more,
they are,
about themselves,
and, yes,
everyone else

A miracle to behold,
is the gift
of being a father
to two young men
so bold.

They touch my heart
in so many ways,
at times,
it’s impossible to impart
the fullness
of this beautiful gift,
especially when we are apart.

Be that as it may,
for today, it’s enough
to know
that they live within,
and will stay there

#poetry, #fatherhood, #heart, #life, #love, #poem, #poems, #sons


With every step I take
there is heartache,
like I might

And, then, just around
the bend, I
see you grin, and
my ache turns into a
silent has been.

#poetry, #grin, #hamity, #has-been, #joy, #life, #love, #poem, #poems, #smile


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I knock three times,
it’s 28-5.
It seems I’ve got
that right, yet
there’s never an answer,
and I wonder
what might be the matter.

I pace
and think,
and think and pace,
clearing my mind
of all those escapes, and
preconceived ideas
of what I’m missing, while
staying present
to the glow that’s forth giving.

And, just then,
I hear someone
from behind the door,
calling someone
from beyond
the shore.

And yet,
no one’s there,
and I wonder
about all that’s fair,

as our

mingle in a dance
of inquiry,
hidden from view
a barricade
of life’s fullest and most
interesting mysteries.

In response to the WDYS #81 prompt from Keep it Alive, by Sadje.

#poetry, #28-5, #heart, #inquiry, #intruige, #life, #love, #mystery, #poem, #poems, #wdys81

Haiku #23

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memories forged of
another place and time, we
sit and ponder this

#poetry, #contemplation, #haiku, #introspection, #life, #love, #meditation, #poem, #poems, #ponder, #wonder


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The tree stands,
some in light
and some in shadow

A whimsical
feeling soes foretell
of another
delightful place and time,
Where healing happens
in an instant
and all those issues
are gone before you’ve
glimpsed it.

It’s there
on the stairs,
again, calling
to all that care.

in all that’s seen
just like in a dream,
magical, mysterious,
and certainly glowing
with such effervescence
you wonder
if it’s really full
of that much pleasure.

You reconcile
the feeling
with a need for healing,
and realize,
the light’s always been
there. Guiding
and providing
you with direction
and much protection.

#poetry, #contemplation, #direction, #feeling, #guide, #healing, #introspection, #life, #love, #poem, #poems, #protection