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dianne harper
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EASTER My neighbor raises Monarch butterflies.  She is passionate about it and knows what appears to me to be everything about the process.  A couple of weeks ago she brought over a small milkweed plant with two tiny eggs on it's leaves.  She thought I migh...
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Tuesday was the four year anniversary of David's death and I remembered that "I used to write."  I went hunting for the blog and spent part of the day reading through it.  Some of it wasn't bad, some of it felt very pitiful and painful, which I suppose thos...
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What Matters?
"Never waste your suffering." This was in response to a question I'd asked him about whether he thought that suffering makes us into better people. He said, "Not necessarily. Not automatically. Suffering just happens, constantly and randomly, and if you don...
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The House Wins
This house stares me down every morning, and most mornings, it wins.  I drop my eyes, my shoulder's curve inward and I slink away.    I sit outside with my morning coffee and every tree, bush and rock holds a memory.  I go inside and every piece of wood, ti...
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Our Bodies Tell Our Stories
Our bodies are a container for our stories.  That scar from the time you were learning to ride a bike, the C-section scar that heralded the birth of your child, the breast reduction or augmentation that allowed you to feel more confident in your female body...
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When Everything Was Possible
There is a spot next to the doorway of the old barn that is a snapshot of love for me.  Passing by instantly brings me back to a moment in time that defines something about my relationship with David.  We had been haying all day and it is hot dirty work.  I...
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The Soundtrack of My Life
Driving home from the Bair family reunion I realized my Ipod is a soundtrack of my life with David.  I fell in to a burning ring of fire.... If you've been thinking you're all that you've got then don't feel alone any more, 'cause when we're together then w...
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It Makes You Feel Fine
This morning the ocean was a khaki green, shining with some internal light; whitecaps floating like lace on the surface.  It glowed against the deep, dark gray bowl overhead that stretched from horizon to horizon.  I love the ocean in all her moods so I dec...
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We Should Be Dancing
We all walk around in these so very fragile bodies.  It's a miracle we last as long as we do.  I'm at the beach this week and I spent the morning watching people.  We show our story in our bodies.  I am struck by how uncomfortable most folks appear to be.  ...
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Let The Rough Side Drag, Let The Smooth Side Show
My soul's been feeling a bit ragged lately so today I ignored everything and took myself off.  I drove the ten miles of snaking swirling roads down to the bottom of a bowl our mountains make and into a two block town called Hot Springs.  It's claim to fame ...
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