Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#365

The last day of the year began
on a beautiful note;
a gorgeous sunrise to precede a 
warm winter day, followed by 
a poignant goodbye, fun with 
the neighbors and fireworks on a 
perfectly starry night.

catherinenglish 12-31-2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

#364

You haven't lived until you 
have a chance to go to the Rowdy Beaver,
chic biker bar in Branson, Missouri
with one of your best friends, and have 
a beer and conversaton with other Husker fans,
from Iowa, no less.

catherinenglish 12-30-2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

#363

Anna and Jane came to my office
to see what I have surrounded myself 
with each day I'm at school, 
finally teaching at a university,
my hopes and dreams fulfilled,
much happiness after thirteen 
years of hard work and dedication.

catherinenglish 12-29-2013
#362

This symbol means only one thing:
the greatest Cornhusker fan I know 
has arrived in Springfield, Missouri
all decked out in her Husker gear,
happy to be here and find this insignia
on a stop sign in Vintage Hills about 
two blocks from our house. 
Go Big Red!

catherineenglish 12-28-2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

#361

What a joy to see my 
great niece, Emry, 
open her eyes even more, 
so we can see that she
indeed sees us
and knows us and is 
aware of her very
small world at 
Children's hospital 
in Omaha, Nebraska 
but also
her mom and dad
and big brother Wyatt. 

catherinenglish 12-27-2013
#360

I have had to replace the candle
and the bells over the years,
but a lone berry candle as a 
centerpiece on my table is a 
reminder that one small light 
in a dark world is all we really neeed.

catherinenglish 12-26-2013
#358

The sentiment on this
ornament is just right; 
Merry Christmas
with a hint of holly
and one red berry.

catherinenglish 12-25-2013
 #357

I remember making this Advent 
Calendar over twenty years ago
in Tecumseh, Nebraska,
sewing the green felt to the 
burlap, and then drawing on 
the felt and cutting out each
ornament to place on the tree
each day of Advent. Over the 
years, it has lost a few pieces,
so I should replace them.

catherinenglish 12-24-2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

#356

Each Christmas there is always
a new toy promoted by our 
love of consumerism and this 
year it is Jake and the Neverland pirates; 
what ever happened to children just 
reading a good book or watching a 
television show for the joy of the story?

catherinenglish 12-23-2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

#355

Joey loves opening presents,
especially ones that are just as 
tall as he is; even if it is for 
his sister Rory.

catherinenglish 12-22-2013
#354

Joey cannot believe he couldn't roll
a 5 to help his dad get a full house
in a wicked game of Yahtzee with
Aunt Anna and Grandma English.

catherinenglish 12-21-2013
#353

Over the holidays, the English family
has a tradition of playing board games,
but it gets increasingly difficult when 
you have two toddlers, but we forge on
anyway, rolling the dice for a chance
at rolling a Yahtzee! 

catherinenglish 12-20-2013

#352

Although she may never 
grow up to play football,
my granddaughter prefers
the football shaped pacifier
over the pretty pink ones.

catherinenglish 12-19-2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

#351

I wish babies stayed
babies for just a little while 
longer, looking back,
Rory, at four months old,
quickly changed in 
less than a year.

catherinenglish 12-18-2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

#350

When we bought our house in Aurora
eight years ago, I decided to do two 
Christmas trees, one with the old fat
multiple colored lights 
and one with all blue lights with 
accompanying lights and shades of blue
decor throughout the front living room.

catherinenglish 12-17-2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

#349

There is nothing 
as precious
as a new baby 
finally opening 
her eyes after 
two weeks of 
mind-numbing, 
pain reducing 
narcotics, to say 
without speaking,
"Hello World!" 
and recognizing 
her mother and father's voices.

catherinenglish 12-16-2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

#348

The photo cannot do justice
to the color of the sky; 
it's missing the gorgeous purple-pink
above the sunset,
kissing twilight's indigo,
illuminating that single star,
the planet Venus,
like a night light,
guiding a child,
finding her way
in the night, 
alleviating the fear 
of the dark. 

catherinenglish 12-15-2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

#347

It may seem like a 
small thing, but my 
great niece opened
her eyes for the first 
time today, recongizing 
her parents' voices, 
a joyful ocassion 
that only a few 
can understand.

catherinenglish 12-14-2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

#346

A cold, icy day is a perfect day
to make a cappucciano cheesecake,
rich in butter, cream cheese, sour cream,
chocolate, whipping cream, coffee liqueur,
coffee, vanilla, eggs, and oreo cookies. 
But I'm not telling the eaters of this 
delight all of this information nor the 
caloric count.  Bon Apetite! 

catherinenglish 12-13-2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013

#345

The winter sunrise is brilliant,
a reminder that a new day is 
upon us,
full of energy, life,
and time to go out into
our day, living, loving,
thinking, speaking, listening,
to the wonders that 
surround us.

catherinenglish 12-12-2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#344

It's our first Christmas in Missouri,
continuing our tradition of a fresh 
Christmas tree,
for which I drove over an hour,
into uncharted territory, 
on winding, snowy roads,
and when the guy said, 
"Here's the saw so you can cut it
down yourself," I thought 
I was stuck in a movie,
feeling ever so much 
like Clark Griswold,
feeling the happy frozen moment of
Hallelujah at the sight of this tree.

catherinenglish 12-11-2013



#343

To all of those Missourians who told us,
"You won't need a snow blower here in
Southwest Missouri. We don't get that much snow,"
I say to you, "Bullshit." 

catherinenglish 12-10-2013

(In response to a second day of > six inches of snow!)

Monday, December 9, 2013

#342

Can a genetics lesson be as simple 
as a piece of paper towel, 
sketched by a nephrologist
to explain how a newborn 
infant acquired Autosomal Recessive
Polycystic Kidney Disease,
smiling and frowning faces 
to indicate who carried the mutated 
gene and the prospects for future 
children?

catherinenglish 12-10-2013
#341

It's heartening to know what 
a simple sponge bath can do
for a very ill patient, 
eight days old but 
still enjoys the feel 
of water,
the ocean we never can 
forget, that silky 
comfort of amniotic
bliss.

catherinenglish 12-08-2013

(Emry's first bath)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

#340

My great niece is a fighter,
against the odds,
she has lived for seven days. 
It's inevitable that she will
make it; but her battle is 
all uphill, awaiting 
stronger lungs and heart,
so she can have a kidney
transplant as soon as possible.

catherinenglish 12-07-2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

#339

Overnight snow added five inches
to the accumulation  
in Southwest Missouri,
a deep amount of white that kept 
drivers off the street,
for the most part.

catherinenglish 12-06-2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013


#338

The first snow of winter 
in Missouri,
a reminder of 
Nebraska 
without the 
wind chill factor
of 10 below zero.  

catherinenglish 12-05-2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#337

What a joy it is to teach future teachers,
their enthusiam and creativity eminates
from their sole selves,
ready to conquer a world 
so few would dare to venture,
bells, books, lunch rooms,
amidst the human beings we 
affectionately call students.

catherinenglish 12-04-2013

(It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain an idea without accepting it--Aristotle)
#336

It breaks my heart to
see baby Emry connected
to tubes, such a short time
ago that baby Knox was
in the same hospital,
fighting for his life, too,
and two mamas, 
two daddys,
and older brother
(and sister) have their
hearts broken.

catherinenglish 12-03-2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

#335

Joey wasn't having anything
to do with his breakfast,
not unlike another little 
boy over thirty years ago,
who was too busy to be 
bothered with toast
and orange slices,
ready to run, run,
run for the rest of the day.

catherinenglish 12-02-2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

#334

Breakfast at Grandma's 
is a delight, however
simple the meal might be,
a last minute snack before 
a long drive in the car,
hopefully enough to make 
a toddler sleepy.

catherinenglish 12-01-2013
#333

After Friday's horrible 
Nebraska football loss to 
Iowa (there is no greater 
sin than losing to Iowa,
except maybe Oklahoma
during the 70s), so we 
took Joey to an indoor pool
where the inside temperature 
was hot enough to make me lose five 
pounds and a place my grandson 
was reluctant to leave.

catherinenglish 11-30-2013
#332

Those blue eyes look 
so innocent, but I know 
she is thinking about what 
else she might get into 
and in a flash she can
crawl faster than I can 
rush to stop her from 
getting into just about 
everything.

catherinenglish 11-29-2013

#331

Thanksgiving turkey makes 
everyone tired, 
including an engergetic
three-year-old
who is powered by 
something other than
an Energizer battery.

catherinenglish 11-28-2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

#330

Thanksgiving 2013 
a time of change,
a new city,
a new school,
a new home,
a new tradition,
Apple Pie
and turkey.

catherinenglish 11-27-2013
#329

Anna and I were so busy 
yakking it up on our  trip 
from Kansas City, desination
Springfield, that I missed 
exit 157,  so we took 
highway 52 through Appleton City,
and we got to see its 
Christmas life:
priceless. (but scary dark roads)

catherinenglish 11-26-2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

#328

The morning began with 
sleet and chill,
icy reminders that winter 
approaches and time for me
to browse my photos of 
sunny Greece, summer,
Mediterranean breezes,
to set sail for Aegena. 

catherinenglish 11-25-2013


#327

It's always fun to take a quick 
photo with my Droid,
Kansas Husker fans
who aim to make a difference.

catherinenglish 11-24-2013
#326
I love the color blue
especially in glass,
various shades to 
remind me
that it's rare in nature: 
sky, water, and 
very few flowers,
birds or bugs.

catherinenglish 11-23-2013 

Friday, November 22, 2013

#325

Boston, at sunrise,
from the 10th floor,
a calm city,
clear, gentle noises,
before the bustle
of the day.

catherinenglish 11-22-2013
#324

There is nothing finer than 
the smiling faces of teachers 
and students collaborating,
speaking together,
about the practice of writing
digitally in the 21st century.

catherinenglish 11-21-2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

#323

Jerry's plants don't 
look so great, but I'm 
sure they will improve 
with a little more time
and TLC.

catherinenglish 11-19-2013
#322

Our new neighbors, 
Ruby and Jim,
brought us a new welcome 
mat, helped us move boxes
from the truck saving us 
hours of time and Ruby said,
"Welcome home" and it sort 
of took my breath away.

catherinenglish 11-18-2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

#321
Brother Andrew gave me a 
bargain on the 
Tanzanian sculpture, 
"Democracy," because 
I so admired the beauty 
of the ebony carving--
a community of human beings, 
each with his or her's 
own minds. 

catherinenglish 11-18-2013

#320

Despite the chaos 
of unpacking,
I took a reflective moment,
debating about where 
to hang a picture,
a silhouette of Jerry 
from the 5th grade.

catherinenglish 11-17-2013


Saturday, November 16, 2013

#319

Small town boys 
will always have 
your back on
moving day,
willing to help out
a neighbor or a 
teacher. 

catherinenglish 11-15-13
#318

A pile of blankets
and pillows,
buffers for fragile
furniture for 
the 461 miles trip 
to our new home.

catherinenglish 11-14-2013
#317

I haven't counted the boxes,
but I am grateful to my friends,
Jane and Angela who packed 
most of the boxes with mostly
photographs in frames, and I now
know I need to thin the herd.

catherinenglish 11-13-13
#316

Moving into a new home
is a thrilling yet exhausting 
endeavor, one of the reasons
only the sturdiest of folks can
ever be in the military; I applaud 
my sister and her husband.

catherinenglish 11-12-13

Monday, November 11, 2013

#315

A good beer in a cool glass
after a long day,
rests between emails,
papers, house inspection,
appliance shopping,
Thai food, 
and general mundane 
events of life.

catherinenglish 11-11-2013
(Thank you, Veterans!)