MonHaibun: A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

It’s dark, except for lights sparkling on the river. I walk to the edge of the concrete plaza, where kayakers launch themselves into the Platte, and look down on … trash … or rocks...

From One Esquina of Uptown to Another

The Uptown neighborhood in Denver offers several pairings of similar restaurants: Thai, Mexican, diners, wine bars, and dessert places. I fantasized about doing them all, but I want to lay the Uptown...

MonHaibun: You’re Missing

I was listening to the Bruce Springsteen song from The Rising over and over today as I dusted. When I was young, I wanted to leave my family, had to go as far away as possible. I was going to explore...

Second Chances, Last Chance

Vain Salon 1890 Pennsylvania Street, Uptown, Denver 720-596-4511 across the street from Fluid Coffee Bar and Las Delicias Bus directions: the 28 goes down 19th Avenue; the 12 and 20 go down 17th A...

MonHaibun: City Park

Yesterday, when my husband told me his plans, I was reluctant to be left behind. The plumes of fountain in City Park Lake shoot up and arch northwest, misting the paddle boaters far away. Trees wear...

Get Off Your Ass and Dress!

I’m taking a break from the Uptown theme for today’s and Tuesday’s posts. I’ll return to it after the election for several more days, and then I’ll move on to the Starz...

MonHaibun: Where I Haven’t Been

I’ve been traveling in my head. One town after another along the coast of France. Diving kelp forests near San Diego. Into the forests of Congo, and then to a hospital where rape victims are...

Vary My Own Sandwich

Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese 1908 Pearl Street, Uptown, Denver 303-386-3998 Bus directions: the 28 goes right by NOTE: Chedd’s has closed its locations in Denver. There is a...

MonHaibun: Deadline

I’ve arrived here again. Faced with a deadline, racing to get there. Dozens of pages short. How to use procrastination to be an efficient editron?

Oh, what a falling off was there

Our foundations are falling away from our house. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? It’s not. It happened so slowly we didn’t even notice for years. We’re not sure what caused...

Give Alms to All Who Ask

Blog Action Day happens once a year, when bloggers all over the world concentrate on one subject. This year it’s poverty. Here’s a list of things you can do to combat poverty. Here are...

Wandering Around Uptown II

I first ventured into Uptown on one of Phil Goodstein‘s tours of Swallow Hill, back in April. It used to be one of Denver’s swankest areas in the 1870s, and although many of the houses...

MonHaibun: Teacher

We sat surrounding Dorianne Laux, up a twisty stair in a room at the top of the Tivoli. She was warm. We were worried, for our poems would be critiqued in the next three hours, and no one yet knew...

Dork Challenge

I’m entering Topcat‘s challenge via Weebles Wobblog. Weebles had me laughing out loud. Go look at the pictures on her blog. Here’s mine, from 4th grade. I know there’s one of...

Living Life in Peace

When Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper stood on stage at Civic Center Park yesterday and said that it would have been John Lennon’s 68th birthday, it got to me. When Lennon was murdered by Mark...

Bump and Grind

Bump and Grind 439 East 17th Avenue, Denver 303-861-4841 Bus directions: take the 12 or 20 from Market Street Station Update: Bump and Grind has been closed for some time. I’ve been to Bump and...

MonHaibun: First Storm

I don’t ever want to leave this view. Some days I won’t even leave the yard. I venture out on the deck, bask in the sun, still myself until the birds return to the feeder. I wish to be...