Elegant Crone-ing~


She dances wild and casts her will She’s fiery coals, and winter’s chill She weaves and spins, she boils and bakes She kneads the bread and bakes the cakes She listens well, yet, it’s all been told She’s peaceful now that she is old Her basket is blessed with herbal charms She rocks the broken […]

My Cold Friend~


Brown birds at the window, black cats upon the ledge~ Gray squirrels skipping tree limbs and creatures in the hedge~ Winter straw and barren fields freezing in the dale~ Candle light and raisin cakes part the dewy veil~ Welcome my cold friend, I’m jumping in my seat~ The dark time is upon us, the earth […]

How Finnish People Deal With the Cold.


10°C/50°F Tenants in Helsinki turn off the central heating, the Finns start planting flowers. 7°C/44°F Also planting vines. 5°C/41°F The Finns are sunbathing, while the sun still gets over the horizon. 2°C/36°F Italian cars won’t start. 0°C/32°F Pure water freezes. -1°C/30°F Your breath becomes visible, time to start planning the vacation to the Mediterranean. The […]

The Awakening!


The blood in Ralphie’s veins, which had turned to ice during the winter, is slowly starting to thaw out. When I wrinkle my nose, the coat of rime that covered it, cracks and what resembles minute shards of a tiny mirror tumble downwards. The rest of this mirror that reflected a dark and dreary landscape […]