Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday ~ May 17,2015

So here we are, standing on the brink of another season.  Time to make plans for other things.  This is the season of plots (garden, writing, relationships)~ O how it thickens as we turn a corner to summer when we get the chance to be out and about. 

I think I'm ready . . . 

Went to the Lilac Festival yesterday and met up with some good friends to watch the crowds and listen to music. We had a bite to eat at NAPA. I carried an umbrella to ward off rain, and it worked.

Today, I hope to go to a Red Wings game.  

I'm thrilled to announce that all of grading is done.  Woot-woot.  Although I just found out that I have a bit more assessment to do before the end of May. Always something.

Here's a recent release: Lyric essay "Deliverance" on Eunoia

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day !

Photo: K.Iuppa Spring 2015: Lake Ontario

Woke early this morning.  The air is so soft. It rained last night. I listened to the rain rushing in the gutters.  Believe it or not, we need rain.  I guess this is true for most of the United States.  I'm wondering if we're going to have a hot, dry summer, or  something close to the glorious summer of 2012.  I'm hoping that will be the case.

We gearing up on the farm.  Getting our gardens ready for planting.  Maybe this year will be the year I manage to tame the unruly flower gardens.  We'll see. I always start off well but the vegetable gardens are so demanding.  I need  to be two people, or have longer days, or both!

So much to do.  Always.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Day Before Mother's Day

A month has passed since my last post. The end of the semester's undercurrent  pulled (in all directions) with such a force that it took all of me to keep balance.  I kept up with all of the work, teaching five college courses, plus internships and  independent study and directing a program, and teaching several residencies in schools, PDs; some of which will be happening in the next two weeks.  The work has been so satisfying that instead of feeling blown over, I'm energized by it.

This week, I will finish grading my two courses at SUNY Brockport and the Spring 2015 semester will be officially over.  I have been blessed in so many ways.  My Dad once told me to find work that doesn't feel like work; and even though there is A LOT of work in writing classes, I am intrigued by my students discoveries of their writer's craft, their art, their ability to think critically, and astutely.This year I had so many students who embraced their education, their art, and because of that I am so proud of them.

Yesterday (5/8/2015)  I went to the Senior Awards Ceremony at St. John Fisher College.  I go every year  because this event is a big deal and it's a thrill to see our students and their parents-- all beaming in the flash of photos.  This year, I think I ,taught over 20 of the award winners, which means I meet a lot students over the course of their 4 years at Fisher, from all majors and minors. With each name, I sat up on my fold out chair and clapped. Oh my!  What a thrill knowing I was a part of their success, that I actually had the opportunity to know them in my classes. 

Today, they graduate,and their brilliant career awaits.


Since my last post, the beginning of National Poetry Month, I participated in the 30X30 and managed to write 26 poems.  Some of the prompts were difficult, and I'm still trying to find a way in. The end of the semester, especially the last two weeks is so busy with events, presentations, and  grading. I fell a bit behind in my challenge.

But now, it's quiet and the weather is gentle and warm, and I'm adrift in the slower pace.  Time to think.


What should I do this summer?  I think we're going to have a summer like 2012, which was fabulous for tomatoes.  We live for fresh tomatoes. So we're in for another year of gardens and putting by.

But what to do in my creative life?  Oh, I just don't know . . .I need to finish some projects. I want to do some drawings. I have to write a bunch of reviews (pronto).  I want to travel a bit.  I want to swim and soak up the sun. I want to hang out with Carmelita and Charlie (our cats) and read for pleasure..  I want to take long walks, and bicycle here and there, and canoe, and thrift shop.

Two days ago, my son George sent me a package of chocolate covered strawberries from Sherri's Berries.
We opened the bag and immediately put them in the fridge. Smelled gorgeous. The packaging said to eat in 48 hours.  So today is the day!  I wish my mom were here to enjoy these.  She loved chocolate covered strawberries.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Last Day of Lent

My last post was in February . . .What happened? A lot happened.  Winter continued to fuss & fuss & fuss and an on-going grading marathon, which continues today.

I am doing the 30X30 Poetry Challenge in celebration of National Poetry Month, and so far I have been successful. Some days, I wrote more than one poem.

Here are the poem titles (thus far):

"Promise of Spring"4/1/2015
"Strange Looks" (prose poem)4/2/2015
"Wheel of Fortune" (tarot card, not TV show)4/2/2015
"Sundial" 4/1/2015
"Wishful Thinking" 4/3/2015
"What You Left Behind" 4/3/2015
"Last Day of Lent"4/4/2015
"Standing on Top of a Skyscraper about to Scream" 4/2/2015
 "Impatience" 4/1/2015

 This challenge is always difficult because April is the month in the semester that gallops to the finish line.
So far, so good.

Recent  publishing news:
The Clementine Poetry Journal Prose Poem

In Flight Literary Magazine Prose poem and haibun

Black Poppy Review Flash fiction

My third full length collection: Small Worlds Floating was accepted by Cherry Grove Collections and will be released August, 2016.

The past two days we have had warm weather.  It's made us giddy.We're planning our gardens now.  Making our list to purchase new chicks, ducklings, turkeys. I'm so looking forward to the new season of growth.

I hope Summer 2015 will match the weather of Summer 2012.  Sun turn up the heat!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Secondhand" live on 100 Words

If you're up for a challenge, consider a story in 100 words (not including title).  This form is demanding and addictive.  Love writing nugget stories.
Hope you enjoy my story "Secondhand."

Blue Heron Review Winter Issue 2015

Please check out the winter issue of Blue Heron Review, edited by Cristina Norcross.

I am so thrilled to be included here, in the company of so many poets that I admire.

The Festival of Ten-IX SUNY Brockport

We have our tickets to Sunday March 1st Show!!!!

Check this out if you love plays!!!


SUNY Brockport



The Department of Theatre and Music Studies is pleased to announce the ten finalists to be performed as part of The Festival of Ten-IX.

A Date with Destiny by Jeffrey Neuman
Beatrix Potter Must Die by Patrick Gabridge
Girl with Algorithm by Ellen Davis Sullivan
Horizons by Robert Fletcher
Interview with a Cat by Jim Geoghan
Just Desserts by David MacGregor
Raghead by Tom Coash
Reston by L. Robert Westeen
That's Amore by Arnold Kane
Transferring Kyle by Jonathan Cook

Festival 2013
Scenes from the 2013 Festival of Ten - VIII
For this ninth biennial program of ten 10-minute plays, a record number of nearly 600 plays were submitted, including entries from as far away as New Zealand. It’s not only playwrights who are drawn to the format; audiences are, too, as they can see fully realized productions that typically run the gamut from tense drama to laugh-out-loud funny. The Festival opens February 27th.
Festival 2013
Scenes from the 2013 Festival of Ten - VIII

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