Exquisite Expression of Love

Frida Kahlo once wrote to Diego Rivera: “Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. The violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My…

Light Talks

Thomas Aquinas says something I want to say to you in a poem called, What Does Light Talk About? When you recognize her beauty,the eye applauds, the heart stands in an ovation,and the tongue when she is nearis on its best behavior,it speaks more like light. What does light talk about?I asked a plant that…

Thanks for Caring

To the countless moms and dads and teachers and mentors and health care workers and professional and unprofessional caregivers who offer their love, attention, and guidance to children everywhere, we thank you!

Go Round Again

The Virginia-born musician, Swamp Dogg, has just released a new album called “Sorry You Couldn’t Make It.” John Prine joins him on two songs, and in one them they ask life to let them go ‘round again. “Oh life, won’t you afford us another chance? Everything we put our hands on, we blew it. Women,…

She Nuts Up

Loving Rick Estrin & The Nightcats’ She Nuts Up. Oh, my woman’s just the sweetest little thing;she’s got brains, she’s got class, she’s so fine;but something bad musta happened to her back in the day,‘cause there’s so something wrong with her mind.Oh, she nuts up. Man, she nuts up. And it ain’t about if, naw,…

Voice of a Lifetime

Wish I had a name to address this letter to,that’s all I’ve wanted,your name, it’s been nine years,the night ended differently for both of us,it was such a strange sensation,some might call it an out of body experience,that whole weekend felt odd, Sundays usually are my days off,I worked a double that day,I remember every…

Playlists

I’m watching the Hulu series, High Fidelity, with Zoë Kravitz. The show’s tagline is: “Getting over heartbreak. One killer playlist at a time.” In Episode 2 of the show, Zoë details how to produce a memorable playlist. In her words: Making a playlist is a delicate art. It’s like writing a love letter, but better…

Anger

A proverb says,“The height of folly is to be quick-tempered. A mind at ease is life and health.” I never use the word folly. I roll with, Man, you look weird when you lose your temper. And all of us do, you know. But the proverb is right. Too much rage can bruise the soul. Marvin Gaye once…

Into You

Emeril John Lagasse III is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. We know him for his mastery of Creole and Cajun cuisine and for his self-developed New New Orleans style dishes. On his cooking shows he pioneered the catchphrases “Kick it up a notch!” and “Bam!” Ariana Grande follows Emeril’s suggestion…

In the Air

I used to love to watch Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs work undercover for the Metro-Dade Police Department on the Saturday night television drama, Miami Vice. The creators were great at mixing moody music with colorful visual effects, and the end result was a mind-blowing experience. I’m not sure why but I always associate the show with…

Supply and Demand

The theoretical laws of supply and demand are much too complicated for me to understand, but it’s obvious when demand exceeds supply in a free market, the scarcity of an item causes its price to skyrocket. Why else would someone pay thirty-five hundred dollars for a Tickle Me Elmo doll, which someone did twenty years…

In Durance

In Durance(1907)Ezra Pound I am homesick after mine own kind,Oh I know that there are folk about me, friendly faces,But I am homesick after mine own kind. The poet was homesick for his soul-kin. That’s the word he uses when he writes, “Ordinary people touch me not. And I am homesick after mine own kind…