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Next Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m., I’ll be at the Springfed Arts Annual Reading in Bloomfield Hills. Join us for poetry, prose, cookies, coffee, tea, and wine! Free! #springfedarts #poetryreading #prosereading #michiganwriters #puremichigan #freeevent #girlfromthemitten #shouldbefun
Today marks our 35th wedding anniversary. He’s made me laugh every one of those 12,775 days. #wedding #girlfromthemitten #makesmelaugheveryday #35thanniversary #keepinghim
Breakfast poetry! Doesn’t that sound delicious? I’m happy to have my poem “Recipe from a Friend” included in a new chapbook entitled “Breakfast All Day” available through Pen and Anvil Press. If you go to the link, it will take you to the publisher’s website where you may click on a pdf of the book (on the left) that takes the form of a breakfast menu. You may also order copies. My thanks to editor Cat Dossett and all the lovely, creative folks at Pen and Anvil Press. http://penandanvil.com/breakfast/. #breakfastallday #penandanvilpress #penandanvil #poetrychapbook #michiganpoet #michiganpoetry #hortonbay #hemingway #dutchbaby #girlfromthemitten
Breakfast poetry! Doesn’t that sound delicious? I’m happy to have my poem “Recipe from a Friend” included in a new chapbook entitled “Breakfast All Day” available through Pen and Anvil Press. If you go to the link, it will take you to the publisher’s website where you may click on a pdf of the book (on the left) that takes the form of a breakfast menu. You may also order copies. My thanks to editor Cat Dossett and all the lovely, creative folks at Pen and Anvil Press. http://penandanvil.com/breakfast/. #breakfastallday  #penandanvilpress  #penandanvil  #poetrychapbook  #michiganpoet  #michiganpoetry  #hortonbay  #hemingway  #dutchbaby  #girlfromthemitten 
What happens to the dining room table when one of my daughters comes home for a visit. #jigsawpuzzle #girlfromthemitten #letsmakeitchallenging #michigansummer #itshotoutside #lovemydaughter
“A snack, you say? Why yes, thank you. How about something for the peacock?” #sillysunday #cranbrookhouse #tapestry #georgebooth #girlfromthemitten
Today, one of my daughters climbed Giotto’s bell tower and set her sights on Brunelleschi’s dome. It melts my heart that she has returned to the city I love.#brunelleschisdome #florence #italy #giottosbelltower #giottoscampanile #viewofthedome #dome #iloveflorence #ilovemydaughters #italyinourhearts #girlsfromthemitten #girlfromthemitten #renissancehero #renissancecity #brunelleschi
My poem “MoMA’s Pond” appears in The Ekphrastic Review today (6/23/18). You can find it at Ekphrastic.net. Happy Saturday! #ekphrasticpoetry #modernmuseumofart #modernart #moma #nycart #nyc #monet #waterlilies #claudemonet #girlfromthemitten
I just finished this guilty pleasure, the 8th book in the Outlander series. Some of the writing drives me crazy, but the story is terrific. Gabaldon is still writing the 9th installment, so I guess I can get back to the waiting book stacks on and around my bedside table. Droughtlander begins. #droughtlander #guiltypleasure #outlander #girlfromthemitten
I just finished this guilty pleasure, the 8th book in the Outlander series. Some of the writing drives me crazy, but the story is terrific. Gabaldon is still writing the 9th installment, so I guess I can get back to the waiting book stacks on and around my bedside table. Droughtlander begins. #droughtlander  #guiltypleasure  #outlander  #girlfromthemitten 
This morning at the drive-thru window, I learned the person ahead of me had paid for my coffee and bagel. We live in trying times, but there are still plenty of kind and generous people. #thanksforthereminder #kindness #generosity #payitforward #mademyday #girlfromthemitten
The lavender survived another Michigan winter. #grateful #gratitude #lavender #michiganlavender #michigangardening #puremichigan #girlfromthemitten
Roses and our last peony blossom. Every bloom is a miracle in our heavily shaded yard. Happy Wednesday! #peony #roses #miracles #gardenblooms #girlfromthemitten
A morning of drinking coffee, listening to Coldplay, and having a leisurely breakfast. We are such lazybones. #sundaymorning #lazy #dutchbaby #Coldplay #girlfromthemitten
After eighteen years with no flowers, this is the second season my mother’s transplanted peony has bloomed, proof there are such things as spectacular late bloomers. Pretty wonderful, don’t you think? #latebloomers #latebloomer #peony #girlfromthemitten
After eighteen years with no flowers, this is the second season my mother’s transplanted peony has bloomed, proof there are such things as spectacular late bloomers. Pretty wonderful, don’t you think? #latebloomers  #latebloomer  #peony  #girlfromthemitten 
Love celebrating with my friends. #wedding #lovemyfriends #girlsfromthemitten #girlfromthemitten
The beautiful woman in the middle was the cool mom when I was growing up. Some things never change. #coolmom #girlsfromthemitten #girlfromthemitten
Took a quick spin in the Cranbrook gardens before the rain. #cranbrook #cranbrookgardens #garden #girlfromthemitten
Pretty table at the baby shower for the lovely @writerashhuntley @houseofasheroo #tableflowers #babyshower #girlfromthemitten
Still thinking about that Parmesan encrusted halibut I had last weekend. #gwfins #neworleansfood #neworleans #girlfromthemitten
Good morning from Willa Jean in New Orleans. Delicious food, friendly staff, worth the wait. #willajeanneworleans #amazingbiscuits #breakfastinneworleans #neworleans #breakfast #terrificbreakfast #girlfromthemitten
Dinner at Cafe Amelie in the French Quarter. We had the good fortune to witness an engagement. He lowered himself onto one knee. She said yes and cried. They looked mighty happy. #cafeamelie #neworleans #finedining #louisiana #frenchquarter #girlfromthemitten
With the encouragement of friends, I'm back to work on the novel. #writersretreat #thankstomywriterpals #girlfromthemitten
On Thursday, I had an inspiring visit to the Muskegon Museum of Art. This little jewel of a museum sponsors an annual ekphrastic poetry contest, so I had the opportunity to read my poem inspired by Study in Rose and Brown by James McNeill Whistler. Yes, the same artist who famously painted a portrait of his mother. I saw a lot of great art, heard a number of fine Michigan poets, and met the delightful Catherine E. Mott, the MMA's New Assistant Director. If you're on the west side of the state, stop in for a tour. #muskegonmuseumofart #ekphrasticpoetry #jamesmcneillwhistler #studyinroseandbrown #puremichigan #muskegon #girlfromthemitten
On Thursday, I had an inspiring visit to the Muskegon Museum of Art. This little jewel of a museum sponsors an annual ekphrastic poetry contest, so I had the opportunity to read my poem inspired by Study in Rose and Brown by James McNeill Whistler. Yes, the same artist who famously painted a portrait of his mother. I saw a lot of great art, heard a number of fine Michigan poets, and met the delightful Catherine E. Mott, the MMA's New Assistant Director. If you're on the west side of the state, stop in for a tour. #muskegonmuseumofart  #ekphrasticpoetry  #jamesmcneillwhistler  #studyinroseandbrown  #puremichigan  #muskegon  #girlfromthemitten 
The people of Boston could not have been more hospitable and supportive. Despite the dismal weather, cheering spectators lined the entire route. #bostonmarathon2018 #postracesmile #postrace #michiganrunner #bostonhospitality #boston #hubbyranboston #girlfromthemitten
Hubby just crossed the finish line! #bostonmarathon2018 #michiganrunner #girlfromthemitten
Update: Hubby made it to the Boston marathon expo to pick up his bib number. He's good to go! #bostonmarathon2018 #readytorun #gotmybib #michiganrunner #girlfromthemitten
Ready to start the trip to Massachusetts for the 2018 Boston marathon. Pop is bringing his cheering section. #bostonmarathon2018 #runnerfromthemitten #firstbostonmarathon #readytorun #hubbyisrunningboston #gratefulforourdaughters #girlfromthemitten #michiganrunner
If you're near Muskegon, MI, the evening of Thursday, April 19th, consider joining me at the Muskegon Museum of Art. I will read my poem "Little Lyme Regis Maiden" inspired by the MMA's painting "Study in Rose and Brown" by James McNeill Whistler. The poem received an honorable mention in MMA's Art Talk 2018 Poetry Competition. Readings begin at 6:00 p.m. #muskegonmuseumofart #ekphrasticpoetry #poetryreading #jamesmcneillwhistler #studyinroseandbrown #girlfromthemitten
Sunday dinner. Wish I had a piece of the coconut cake that I had yesterday at the bridal shower for the daughter of my pal @mamabearjrl. #icelandiccod #scallops #orzowithmushrooms #asparagus #caprese #girlfromthemitten
A few things that appeared on our table this weekend. #overindulged #happyweekend #girlfromthemitten
Happy Sunday! Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Hope you're having a fun afternoon. #happy #girlfromthemitten
Look what our cute bunnies from Chicago delivered this morning. Those hyacinths! #happyfriday #hyacinth #michiganlife #flowers #daughters #girlfromthemitten
I received my DNA results today and discovered I'm 11% Scandinavian. I am neither tall, nor blonde, and I've never progressed beyond a bunny hill at a ski resort, so I'm surprised. We decided the news called for an Italian meal. #ottavavia #ottavaviadetroit #italianfood #bolagnese #dnatestresults #scandinavian #scandinavia #dnasurprise #girlfromthemitten
I may be premature in my assessment, but my rosemary may make it through the winter. Keeping fingers crossed. #rosemary #rosemarysurvived #wintersalmostover #girlfromthemitten
I discovered my short story "How to Fall" traveled to Tampa without me! If you're at AWP, stop by the New Rivers Press at table 512 and pick up a copy of American Fiction Volume 15 (it stands on the far left in the photo) where my story appears. Say hello to the nice folks there for me. #awp18 #nrpatawp #newriverspress #fiction #girlfromthemitten
I discovered my short story "How to Fall" traveled to Tampa without me! If you're at AWP, stop by the New Rivers Press at table 512 and pick up a copy of American Fiction Volume 15 (it stands on the far left in the photo) where my story appears. Say hello to the nice folks there for me. #awp18  #nrpatawp  #newriverspress  #fiction  #girlfromthemitten 
I'm fortunate to have so many kind, smart, and accomplished women in my life. They're wonderful. #happyinternationalwomensday #wonderwomen #girlfromthemitten
I'm not in Tampa at the AWP 2018 Literary Conference, but I have two poems there to represent me in the Spring-Summer 2016 edition of The MacGuffin (look for the beautiful blue cover). For a copy, visit the Journal at table number 1409. Tell Gordon and Steve that I sent you! #awp2018 #michiganwriters #michiganwriter #themacguffin #poetrycommunity #poet #girlfromthemitten
Outside my window, a fresh layer of snow covers tree branches, flowerbeds, the garden bench. Although beautiful, I'm ready for winter to depart. Last week, after the slush melted, I spied daffodil tips and clumps of forget-me-nots around the base of our baby plum tree. Change is coming. 
Above you'll find a writing prompt photo. Let me know if it inspires you. #writingpromptwednesday #writingprompt #winter #change #girlfromthemitten
Outside my window, a fresh layer of snow covers tree branches, flowerbeds, the garden bench. Although beautiful, I'm ready for winter to depart. Last week, after the slush melted, I spied daffodil tips and clumps of forget-me-nots around the base of our baby plum tree. Change is coming. Above you'll find a writing prompt photo. Let me know if it inspires you. #writingpromptwednesday  #writingprompt  #winter  #change  #girlfromthemitten 
Attended FLINT, written by Jeff Daniels, at The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. Daniels has crafted an emotionally charged story of two couples grappling with job loss and underemployment and its far-reaching consequences. And unlike the well-drawn characters, the audience knows more misery is on its way. Superb. #flint #flintmichigan #jeffdaniels #thepurplerosetheatrecompany #purplerosetheatre #flintmichigan #jobloss #consequences #girlfromthemitten #twothumbsup
Spent President's Day working on a trio of hand-made poetry books with my creative friends. #happypresidentsday #poetrybooks #bookmaking #readersdigestcovers #creativefriends #bakedpancake #friends #writerpals #goodcompany #girlsfromthemitten #girlfromthemitten @debbi_forbes @houseofasheroo
Starry Night. Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas, 1889. Thank you, Vincent. #starrynight #vincentvangogh #beauty #hopeful #beautyendures #joyful #joyfullife #nyc #nycart #modernmuseumofart #girlfromthemitten
Good-morning and Happy Friday from Michigan! #michiganfebruary #happyfriday #staywarm #snow #michiganwinter #girlfromthemitten
Isn't this luscious? Pierre Bonnard's Garden, 1935. Oil on canvas. #pierrebonnard #frenchpainter #metropolitanmuseumofart #met #nycart #nyc #beautifulcolors #makesmehappy #gardensofartists #gardens #girlfromthemitten
Closing out the evening with Monet at Parc Monceau, 1878. Sweet dreams. #claudemonet #monet #sweetdreams #nycart #metropolitanmuseumofart #met #nyc #1878 #frenchartist #impressionism #impressionist #beauty #girlfromthemitten
What an evening. Thanks to my dear friend, Linda, I met US Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith. She was a delight, sharing her thoughts about poetic forms and poetry that might have power to save a life. #tracyksmith #detroitinstituteofarts #blackhistorymonth #detroit #poetry #uspoetlaureate #girlfromthemitten
Saw this last week. The more I think about it, the more I like it. Two thumbs up. #ballyturk #nyctheatre #ednawalsh #stannswarehouse #dumbobrooklyn #irishtheatre #girlfromthemitten #sawballyturk
Looking forward to spring at MoMA. #moma #MoMA #nyc #lookingforwardtospring #girlfromthemitten
Doesn't it make you want to dance? #matisse #MoMA #nyc #moma #girlfromthemitten