My Shadow, Your Shadow

Humans have a responsibility to care for each other, and for every other being on Earth. I am afraid that other people don’t believe that is true; I fear that they believe that there isn’t enough, and will prioritize themselves and their own people at others’ expense. Fear, however, hasn’t …

The Last Pleasure

Eating is the very first and last pleasure our animal nature experiences. Babies cry at birth and are quieted with milk. You know it’s time to let go of the family dog when he no longer wants to eat. Far from a mindless sensation of hunger, though, eating at the …

Dream Florida

In my dream Florida, The waves gather, and the porpoises play among them in pods whose numbers are impossible to count. In my ideal Florida, people gather to watch from sand unsullied by tires in front of long unbroken dunes, and sandy shacks that blow away in the next hurricane …

Yoga Handicaps

Yoga Blocks Help You Modify Difficult Poses I started a home yoga practice three or four months ago that has been thoroughly rewarding, but sometimes I get so obsessed with the careful pattern I’m creating (kitchen clean-up, tea, yoga mat, music, centering, salutations, standing poses, table poses, seated, prone, supine, …

Prompt: Overcoming Fear

My house is clean, screens and a new screen door have been installed, my junk is reorganized, the house trim is repainted, email correspondence is up-to-date, and magazines are read. All in an apparent effort to avoid editing my novel. I read recently that fear of artistic failure can present …

Bee Comedy/ Tragedy

Another, happier bee When I was driving on 46 yesterday, something landed in my bra, between my breasts. Eeek! When I was able to take a peek, I found a bee. As I gingerly turned into a side road (regretting the weight I had gained that made squashing the bee …

Portia

Mary K Swanson Today, I am a year older. At least, today is when I admit that I am. November 1, I lost my alter ego, the cat I have been carrying with me for almost 20 years. I didn’t realize until I started to write this that when she …

The Cat-Car Blues

I wrote a little blues song for Lady Momo. She sang it, and I recorded it. If you want to hear, you can download the .m4a file here: The Cat-Car Blues The Cat-Car Blues Mama, she threw me in an old box Tossed it in back and cranked up the …

Hot Houndette Gets an Illustrator

Duke Barkin: Art by Joseph Rawlins I am now working with an amazing illustrator named Joseph Rawlins. He has been drawing the first pages of Hot Houndette, and I think the interpretation is outstanding. Now I just need to figure out how to get it printed, digitally published and posted. …