Slow me down

This last week marked the end of a busy school year for me (I work at a school) and my son (now officially entering 7th grade). Time flies. And so do we, from day to year, from task to chore to distraction and, occasionally, to dreams. It is no coincidence I chose this poem, "Slow …

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 1

Happy Easter! And happy first day of National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge/prompt today is to "write a poem that is based on a secret shame, or a secret pleasure." Here's my tongue-in-cheek attempt, with a tip of the hat to Stephen King who wrote (in On Writing), "...almost every writer of fiction and poetry who …

Light it up

Dear Reader, Hey, you. Yes, you, the one taking a quick break from work, sitting there with your cup of coffee or standing in line at the grocery store checking your iPhone. That’s right. I’m talking to you. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for reading. Thanks for paying attention. Thank you …

Passion is Overrated

I’ve got a bone to pick with the passion pushers. Have you heard any of these? You need to identify your passion and go after it. Your passion drives your success Turn your passion into profit Be passionate about your work and others will follow Etc. etc. Cringe. Maybe it’s that I have the wrong …

My Manifesto: Take Two

A few years back, I wrote a manifesto. According to dictionary.com, a manifesto is, “a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives, as one issued by a government, sovereign, or organization.” Wow. Pretty weighty stuff in hindsight. Anyway, my public declaration was called, “Poetry is not for the classroom.” And it was weighty, indeed. In the act of writing it, I actually felt …

On Gratitude

On Gratitude By Crystal Hurd The funny and wonderful thing about gratitude is that you often find yourself being grateful for the strangest and most obscure things. This year has been no exception. In February, Aaron and I were in a car accident during the snow storms. We were thankful to be okay, but Aaron’s …