By Any Other Name…

By Any Other Name…

I’m throwing myself headlong into social calamity right now. I’ve begun the daunting task of reclaiming my maiden name, Chernak. Being bad at matrimony, I’ve done this a few times in my life but this time is different. For one thing, I have somehow managed to become old, and remembering and logging all the many,…

The Library Bees

I wrote this during Covid, and I can’t remember quite when. But today, as we celebrate Earth Day in our town, We celebrate the Library hive that I installed 2018 on Earth Day. Here is just one of my memories of this precious colony of bees…. “I won’t lie: It’s been really hard starting this…

Distilled, Part 2

Distilled, Part 2

I found this lovely definition of “distilled” in an online dictionary and I love it: “The purification or concentration of a substance, the obtaining of the essence or volatile properties contained in it, or the separation of one substance from another, by such a process.” Distill is my word for the year, and a fine…

Distilling, Part 1

Distilling, Part 1

A short while ago, I had the opportunity to serve on a small jury to elect a new county-wide Poet Laureate. I came to the process late in the game, as a rushed fill-in person for a juror who begged out. I’m no poet, but have writing chops behind me, so there I was. My…