Weekly photo challenge: Companionable

“I was out for stars …”

Robert Frost was most at home with words, I think. This was his home near Middlebury, VT, which I visited when I was at Breadloaf for a student writing weekend. These were the books he was reading, his rocking chair, the window he looked out of every day.

I would say words are my refuge, too. They are good companions to have. Whether falling into the pages of a book or walking on a tightrope from line to line as I work on a poem, I am most at ease with words. I’m not a hermit by any means, but when I need to get away, I really don’t have to go anywhere. As long as I have a book nearby, I am gone.

I went to the library today, one of my favorite places on earth. Wherever I am, I usually search out the local library. I like knowing it is there, just waiting for me.

Anyway, I went to the library today to return some books —¬†adamant that I would not get more because I have several at home already. But wouldn’t you know it? There was “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout, just waiting for me. I couldn’t resist. It’s here waiting patiently for me to get started.


10 things I know to be true

Early morning in Iowa

1. Stories, books, reading, writing, words keep me whole.

2. So does love, family and friends.

3. And place, a sense of being from somewhere.

4. The open road will always call to me.

5. As will wide skies.

6. And an empty beach.

7. I take photos — I’m rarely in them.

8. White wine is better than red.

9. Coffee in the morning is a good thing.

10. I spent too much time in the sun as a kid — and I’m paying for it now — but I’d probably do it again.

What’s on your list? Share it.

Horseneck Beach, MA, in October.