Saturday, December 7, 2013

ADVENT: REDIRECTING MY SPIRITUAL COMPASS


Advent: redirecting MY Spiritual Compass

Eyes deflected
recognize the illuminating grace
divinely embedded in the ordinary.

Ears tuned
engage the quiet spiritual voice within.

Palette flavored
 by the blessed sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood.

Hands outstretched
cultivate relationships that increase the spaces within the heart.

Olfactory cues of frankincense and myrrh
prompt reflections of a journey to the sacred past.

A patient internal incubation
creates a rising illumination in the womb
redirecting my spiritual compass.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Minnesota Mosquito Swarm

The Minnesota Mosquito Swarm


Here they come in one giant screaming mass
flying into camp to bite me on the ass.

Wing movements create an intimidating sound 
as they approach from the sky and forested ground.

Their bite is sharp like a needle piercing skin
that makes me curse and commit a verbal sin.

These little creatures fly both day and night
only to return tomorrow with an even more vicious bite.

Pain of a portage

Pain of a portage



Mosquitos crawling all over the place
from the tip of my toes to the front of my face

Sweat's pouring down my aching back
that is exhausted from carrying a canoe and 60 lb. pack

The twisting densely forested trail 
creates unwavering determination for me to not fail

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Unsuspected Mosquito Ambush




Wingbeat frequency resonates in exhausted ears as her body bangs against a fortress of nylon-tented walls

Like a hunter, she uses chemical, visual, and heat detecting weapons to stalk her exhausted, sweating prey

Her compound eyes and antennae sense exhaled carbon dioxide and muscles laden by lactic acid

Palpus and proboscis work together like a fine tuned machine to pierce skin and suck 5 mL of luscious blood needed to increase her species army

The victim fights back in a sleepy yet earnest effort to swat away additional potential enemies in the dark of night

The distressed camper restlessly sleeps as an itchy immune response is evoked by her anticoagulant rich saliva left by the unsuspected ambush


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Exploring the Boundary Waters



Over the next week my dad and I will be naturalists exploring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). We will be experiencing environmental conditions that support and make the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness unique by paddling, fishing, and camping along a route from Ely Minnesota to Lac La Croix Canada.   Want to learn more about the outfitting company who we hired to field our expedition: http://elyoutfittingcompany.com

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cultural Inequity

My face, a symbol of the joy my heart feels: hers a nondescript stare alluding to a life of solvent despair.

My home, a secure place emanating assurance: hers a space occupied by tattered uncertainty and danger. 

My life, a collection of opportune experiences: hers an embarrassing accumulation of events.

My memories, decorated with familial love: hers sheltered by unacquainted disappointment.

Cultural Birth is an inequity of circumstances.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Prophetic Grace



A breath fills her body as she relinquishes the tough decisions in eagerness for prophetic Grace.

A blind offering of daily challenges humble her thirst for heavenly love.


She reflects on the lives of saints and their heroic virtues that guided their hands and words.


She whispers to her angelic comrade... "Mary, Mother of God, be a Mother to me now."


Within moments her muscles relax and tensions dissipate like droplets in a pool of water.


She is gently reminded that there can be faith even in the seemingly insignificant moments that she calls her life.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Science Poetry Workshops 2012

Come join me at the New Jersey Teacher's Convention for a workshop in science poetry on Thursday November 8, 2012.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Insurmountable Beauty

Symmetry of petals

Brilliance of color

Distinction of scent

Insurmountable beauty contained within the angiosperm

Flowering structure specialized for reproduction

Surrounded on Outermost edges by sepals that enclose and protect developing bud

Petals promote pollination by attracting insectual suitors

Male gametophyte meets Female gametophyte

Floral Reproduction yields fruitful result

Potential Perpetual Biodiveristy

A fragile Ecological Hot Spot

Sandwiched Sideways by Oceans

A 150 million year old volcanic arch inserted between
North and South America

A Centralized Gem

Tropical and Temperate land encasing irreplaceable flora and fauna
Habitats yearn for preservation

Protection required

Global Conservation can yield perpetual biodiversity