A Lyric of the Dawn

   That rapture in the leafy dark!
Who is it shouts upon the bough aswing,
Waking the upland and the valley under?
What carols, like the blazon of a king,
   Fill all the dawn with wonder?
~ Excerpt from A Lyric of the Dawn
by Edwin Markham
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Photo by Richard Fogg

Little Finch

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Photo by Richard Fogg

little finch
escorts us on walk
morning lyrics
~ PJO haiku no ku

To a Butterfly

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Photo by Richard Fogg

I’ve watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! – not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth



Leap of Faith

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Photo by Richard Fogg

There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith. ~ James Cameron

Infinite Beauty

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Photo by Richard Fogg

Day after day
Pictures of infinite beauty
If only we have eyes to see them.
– John Ruskin.

Misfortune Annie is on sale on Amazon!

Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper is on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback!  Yeehaw!



Thou winged blossom

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Photo by Richard Fogg

Thou winged blossom, liberated thing,
What secret tie binds thee to other flowers,
Still held within the garden’s fostering?
Will they too soar with the completed hours,
Take flight, and be like thee
Irrevocably free,
Hovering at will o’er their parental bowers?

~ Thomas Wentworth Higginson



You voluble, 


Vehement fellows 

That play on your 

Flying and 

Musical cellos, 

All goldenly 

Girdled you

Serenade clover, 

Each artist in 

Bass but a 

Bibulous rover! 

~  Norman Rowland Gale

Writing Retreat at Whiskey Belle Ranch

Highlands and horses and dogs, oh my! Chickens and kitties and snakes? OH MY!

Enjoyed a fantastic writing retreat last week at Whiskey Belle Ranch with Shannon Baker and Wendy Terrien. We worked hard on our books, laughed a helluva lot, and shoveled poop–real poop!–horse poop, that is.

Things did get riled up when Bubba the bull snake slithered into the chicken coop to cop an egg. Twice. But we corralled him, relocated the rascal, and carried on with our critter care while also writing and brainstorming.

Thank you, Bob and Alanna for sharing your amazing Ranch!

(And thank you, Wendy, for sharing your fabulous photos.)

The Osprey

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swooping claws snag water’s prey
flapping fish in flight
~ Jim Smith


Photos by Richard Fogg

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