Johannes (Jan) Vermeer (1632–1675) was one of the foremost Dutch artists of the 17th century.

My favorite Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which also inspired the 1999 novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier, and the subsequent movie.

He remained relatively obscure during his lifetime and until the end of the nineteenth century, mainly because he produced only about forty-five paintings (of which thirty-six are known today) during his brief lifetime, primarily for…

Today’s prompt is leaves.

disappointment and despair the showy explosion lasts only a week or two 
then the lie is exposed
the bursts of color that promised life and beauty
decay to brown
the leaves abandon their posts
fall lifeless to the ground
all that's left are stark gray trunks…

Today’s prompt is theater.

Photo of the 2007 Portland Center Stage Production of West Side Story, “America.”

West Side Story  somewhere in the wings 
my son awaits his cue
his heartbeat audible to himself
out of sync with
the latin music
the band plays
when he signed up for

Today’s prompt is how to spend the weekend, but you know, when you’re retired, weekends don’t have the impact they used to-we’re on perpetual Saturday. I chose The Bop as the form.

Retirement our calendar is all weekends now 
each day indistinguishable from another
no workweek to give us structure…

One thing the pandemic has shown me is that I’m quite content wearing the same 10 outfits over and over again.

Now, I’m retired. My husband has health issues, so I really don’t venture out much. There are still 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 every day in my county, and…

Today’s prompt is to write a pantoum about the change of seasons. I live in Arizona, and up to September 23, we were still getting temperatures of 100 degrees or more.

Sonoran desert, October Goodbye to temps of 100 degrees- 
the blazing sun was getting old.
I've ditched my tanks…

I almost ran off the road one day while driving past Whitfill Nurseries in Gilbert, Arizona. When was the last time you saw a wagon being drawn by a . . . stegosaurus?

I finally had a chance last week to stop and take a look around. Here is what I found:


Former elementary general music teacher. Wife, and mother of five. Blogging about the arts and the creative process at

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