French Lesson



French is not the easiest class to miss.

I missed almost two weeks straight

after Mom died

and a lot of other days before that

and now I am really behind.

Mom wanted me to take French

because she thought it would help

in ballet class.

Dad lost a couple of bids.

He says people are losing

their jobs,

the economy is bad.

The TV keeps warning

unemployment is up,

gas prices are up,

and people are fed up,

according to Dad.

I don’t know why he

has to watch,

it only makes him

yell at the TV.

Dad says we need to conserve

more than we have been.

Now the house feels cooler

and when I complain

Dad says

to go outside and come back in,

then I’ll feel warmer.

Harriet and I spend our time bundled in

an extra layer of clothes

dragging around our afghans mom made

like giant moths in cocoons.

We are out of butter again.

Dad says

to try using peanut butter.

Well isn’t the word


in it?

Harriett won’t eat her toast

and it just sits on the plate

getting cold

like the floors

in this house

and suddenly one phrase comes to me.

Il fait froid.

Il fait froid dans la maison!




So, You Want to Write?

So, You Want to Write?.

A Room of Your Own…

In order to be able to write in the first place, you need “a room of your own”  – a place where you can gather and write down your thoughts away from distractions.  And you want to feel good in that room. As Virginia Woolf believed, a writer needs a sanctified space in order to even begin the craft of writing. So, set up a place, preferably not in your bedroom, where you can sit comfortably, feel safe,  and write. I have tried writing in different spots in my house and I’ve found what works best for me is a sunny room off of the living room which we call the sun porch. I am an outdoors girl so feeling like I am sitting right in the woods helps me to relax. In this room I have placed a couple chairs, for the occasional visitor, a simple barn board desk and an office chair. The room also has a door if I need total quiet.  You’ll also need a small bookcase or a closet with shelves, for your favorite books, supplies, and any folders where you’ll want to store active files for current projects required for writing or poetry groups you may belong to, which by the way,  I encourage you to join. Doing so will help you to learn how to critique and how to accept constructive criticism which is an important part of the process of writing. On my desk there is a lap top – always back up your files, just in case. On a smaller table there is a printer, which you will need if you belong to writer’s groups or if you plan on submitting work to traditional publishers. I am old-fashioned, so I really like having a cup of pens and pencils, some notebooks, sticky pads, and my journal close by along with a stapler, paper clips, Kleenex, a picture of my family and a coaster for my coffee cup.  So drink up and get writing! You can do it. Anyone can be a writer, there is so much to write about, all it takes is passion and discipline. Write on!