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writer’s block, by katie

writer’s block, by katie

Katie’s English assignment was to write something using all of the following vocabulary words. Provocation Feeble Ruthless Livid Umbrage Tirade Commence Altercation Formidable Pensive Resilient Reverent Tranquil Succinct Acquiescence Uncouth Impassive Ramshackle She was struggling with where to start. I told her to start in the middle. “I hate that advice,” she said. It finally … Continue reading

the experts

the experts

{image is a screenshot of Bill and Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure} Dr William Acton. Ever heard of him? He was quite renowned in his day (his day being the mid-nineteenth century.) In 1836, at the age of 23, Dr. Acton moved to Paris where he studied the functions of the generative and … Continue reading

my reading list

I don’t have a lot of time to read. Truth be told, I don’t have a lot of time to do much of anything other than the things I actually have to do (and I don’t really even have enough time for those). But reading is a particularly tough thing to pull off. Case in … Continue reading

familiar

I hear her before I see her. Or at least that’s the way I think it happened, looking back now. It’s the sound, the joy, that I remember first. The familiar squeal, the thrum of her fingers, the tap tap tap of a foot gone rogue. I know the kind of joy that fills a space far … Continue reading

our blue

our blue

  {photo is an abstract blue image. i find it quite beautiful.} it is april blue-hued, thick-with-fear, overwhelming, tired, angry, out of words, april blue blue-hued blue what is that song? damn it, what is that song? blue-hued into blue a mellow blueness yes i start to hum the words come Where are you going? Where are you … Continue reading

the turtle king

the turtle king

And I would tell you how awesome the book is and how it has something for everyone from a princess to a cop to a superhero turtle who uses magic powers to get the princess out of jail and how when Luau looked at the book this morning, he said, “Hmm, it seems to be … Continue reading

what I would tell you

what I would tell you

I have so much to tell you, yet the clock ticks its disapproval as I sit down to type. I don’t have time. Somehow there’s just never time. If there were, I’d tell you how excited I am that Brooke wrote a book for us. That’s right, for US. I would tell you about how … Continue reading

perspective

perspective

Tonight we had the incredible privilege of joining a friend of Luau’s who is an orthodox Rabbi, his wife, Sarah, their seven children, and numerous other assorted guests for their celebration of the Sabbath. The evening was not an easy one for Brooke. In fact, the setting was essentially a recipe for disaster – from … Continue reading

communication

communication

I am in an unfamiliar place. I do not speak the language, nor know the local customs. I do not feel well. I approach a woman nearby. “Excuse me, please,” I say. “I don’t mean to bother you, but I have a stomach ache. Can you help me?” She puts her finger to her lips and … Continue reading

through the eyes of someone who loves you

through the eyes of someone who loves you

{Image is a photo of me kissing Katie, summer 2014 – copyright Connerton Photography, all rights reserved} I’ve mentioned before that, throughout my life, I’ve had pretty severe psoriasis. I also mentioned that, some time ago, it inexplicably (or at least inexplicably to me) cleared up. What I didn’t mention was that, not long after … Continue reading