Monday, June 29, 2015


Dozens of bubbles drift in the air
Over your shoulders and around your hair.
Your hands clap and bubbles pop.
Your giggles call, Don’t stop! Don’t stop!

Around and around soap bubbles fly,
Whisked by the wind towards the sky.
A shiny bubble slowly twirls
And rests unbroken on your curls

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Words

Joshua babbles a lot, but is going at his own pace when developing distinguishable words.  His first word was "dada," of course.  And in the past weeks he has his own versions of cheese, kiss, and fishies which all sound remarkably similar.  Thanks to grandma entertaining in the car for an hour or so with "This Little Piggy," he says "'iggies" with delight.

But on Father's Day, he mastered a new word, "mama."  But it is more like a desperate command, "mamaMAMAMamam."  We felt the timing was ironic.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Mastadon of the La Brea Tar Pits

Only fragments remain
Bits of millennia-old bone fossilized
In tar that bubbles below
Los Angeles’ overcrowded avenues.

In the Ice Age, Mastodon was master.
Trampling sloths, skunks, lizards, insects
that scurried beneath feet, 
Deflecting predators with a flick of the head.

But a Mastodon was no match for a lake of tar.
Feet became shackles. 
Tusks a weapon of self-destruction
Digging him deeper into the pit. 

After paleontologists harvested
Teeth, tusks, and jaw, they pieced
The world’s most difficult puzzle together.
Bone stained by centuries of black,

Now the grinning beast
Is suspended from a museum ceiling.
Eye sockets stare through six foot tusks.
Past school children and tourists,

At traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, 
Skyscrapers built over tar
Trampling fragments of prehistory
And humans who scurry across pavement.

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Boy and HIs Books

Joshua loves to read books on his own.  It's as if he studying for his "Intro to Board Books" final.  He is working on skills like turning the pages, reading right side up, and imprinting teeth marks.  His favorite authors are Anna Dewdney, Sandra Boynton, and Eric Carle.  He gets an A+ in my book.