Category Archives: nature

When a House Breathes

When did a house become a home with a heart and soul? The holder of our collective memories? I can still hear her groans as she fell victim to the sea. She had stood out on Sandy Neck since 1889 weathering countless storms until the second of four powerful Nor’easters took her down. There’s a saying “you can’t fight Mother Nature.”  She never tried. She didn’t resist. She let the water in and out many times over the years. Her old cedar pilings always held firm. This time the water took the path of least resistance and she didn’t have a prayer. She was like a bowling pin in the middle. Knocked down. The others left standing around her. Water takes the path of least resistance. Once it makes it”s mind up there is no stopping it. The storm opened her up and her contents spilled into the sea. We saved some mementoes with the help of friends. Perhaps there are still things to be found in the sand. I think about her out there open and exposed. A shell. I’m not sure we can save her. Give her a chance to rise up from the sea and breathe again.  I have great respect for Mother Nature but we are not going to go down with out a fight.
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Lost and Found?

Kate's Find
Kate’s Find

“Not all who wander are lost?” or is it “All who wander are not lost?” I apologize to the author. Was it Emerson or Thoreau? I know I could goggle it but I’m not going there. I am lost. Not the “good” kind reflected in this quote above. Not the getting lost the beauty of art, music, nature or love. Not the getting lost in a daydream. I’ve lost my way creatively. I’m stuck. Moving neither forward or back. It’s really frustrating, uncomfortable, exhausting and overwhelming. I’ve been here before. It goes with the territory of creative pursuit. So how do I get out of here? Perhaps wandering is the answer.

“Kate’s Find” is a piece inspired by my daughter who is a wanderer in the good sense.