River Medicine

The first time we went out on the water, BF spent more time looking back and stopping for me than he did enjoying the adventure. For the inconvenience, on this time around, I assured him he could enjoy the trip without worrying about me, now that I knew the course of the river from launch … Continue reading River Medicine

Coming Down The Mountain

Gilded tendrils through wooden slats summon a new Appalachian day. I tumble, tumble giddy under feathery darkness my morning dreams launch me into flight... So begins one of the poems I created in that beautiful cabin nestled under ancient wood. The experience of connecting with nature at a primordial level is a powerful thing. My … Continue reading Coming Down The Mountain

Mountain Dog

In a day's time, Roberto Tiberius has gone from puppylike couch dog to doe-startling Rotweiljäger. It's the mountain air, I tell ya, it has filled his canine lungs with the remembrance of his natural abilities, the truest call of the wild. Bobby kayaked with us up the New River, tussled with a HUGE year old … Continue reading Mountain Dog

View From My Coffee Cup

Nothing more refreshing than a cool kiss on the neck from the mild mountain breeze welcoming us back to where we call Escape to what they know as Treasure. -Von Simeon 07.16.16  

Mountain Song

(NOTE: This occurred in May 2015...) Once at Murphy's I am consumed with the idea of a beer. In one day I embraced mortality twice; surely, my libation limitations can be excused this evening!* Besides, the two male cousins before me, busy with setting up our pool table, have earned my trust, now and forever. … Continue reading Mountain Song

Friends In Warm Places

Even into the darker blue, the Gulf waters felt too hot. Surely there's a cold spot somewhere, I thought. I wanted to swim out further to find that magic place, but I needed a spotter. I came with three of my favorite fellas, but they were gathered around our table for the day, too far … Continue reading Friends In Warm Places

Pride 2016: Art For All

I had an absolutely wonderful weekend! The City of St Petersburg, Florida hosted its annual Pride Parade last Saturday evening. Once again I gave my time to the fine folks with NOMADStudio...you remember them from last year? Well this year they got renowned artist John Gascot to paint the Art Bus with messages of Love, … Continue reading Pride 2016: Art For All

For You, Lady Graduate (a poem)

Niece #2 graduated yesterday, with much relief and gratitude. She's my namesake and shares my spirit. For her graduation package, I added an impromptu poem. It literally roused me from deep sleep days before mailing her gifts, the words, "Go on little princess, put on your crown..." Attached is the modified version. The original you'll … Continue reading For You, Lady Graduate (a poem)