Writing

I love to write, and have been lucky enough to do so for both work and play. Here is a collection of those writings - I hope the read brings as much joy as the creation.

 
 

The Promise

Poem - 2015

I cannot promise you the sun, the waves or the sea,
These things I cannot give you, they don't belong to me.
I cannot promise to always be exactly what you need,
But I will stand behind you, a rock for you to lean.
I cannot promise to hold you high for worship and desire,
But rather as my equal, to challenge and admire.
I cannot promise to agree with all you say and do,
But I'll be a moral compass, and always believe in you.
I cannot promise we won't encounter our fair share of storms,
But through them we'll discover love and strength have many forms.
I cannot promise you direction in life, or on a map,
But when have you or I ever followed the beaten path?
I'm just as fearless as you are, though happiness is no guarantee,
I know I cannot live without you, and that's more than enough for me.

 

What Are Hands For

Children's Book - 2013

Your hands come in a set of two
Each with five fingers, and a print just for you!
Use them every day to learn and explore,
Lets take a look at what else hands are for...

Hands are for opening, closing and covering
They are so important for discovering!

Hands are for building, painting and writing,
Outside at recess, hands are for kiting!

Hands are for learning, counting and reading,
For the class Goldfish, hands are for feeding!

Hands are for rolling, patting and kneading,
When you are done, hands are for eating!

Hands help with pushing, pulling and moving,
They always love dancing, especially grooving!

Hands are for throwing, catching and blocking,
At the front door, hands are for knocking!

Hands are for tagging, hiding and seeking,
Move your fingers, and hands are for peeking!

Hands are for swimming, splashing and diving,
Then they celebrate with lots of high-fiving!

Hands are for climbing, swinging and hanging,
Some people use their hands for standing!

Hands are for cheering, pointing and clapping,
Then make a nifty pillow for napping.

Hands are for holding, petting and loving,
They are always just the right size for hugging.

Your hands can show the world to you and open any door,
Now that you know its up to you!  What will you use them for??


Where Will Your Dreams Take You

Children's Book - 2014

Draw the curtains, dim the light
Rest your head and tuck in tight.
Close your eyes, snuggle in,
And let your nightly adventures begin.
Dream away, my little tyke
Where will your dreams take you tonight?

Will they take you to the sea
To swim with the whales and manatee?
Or are you the Captain of a boat
Wearing a lucky yellow coat?
You’d sail with Pirates – Yo Ho! Har! Har!
And discover treasures near and far.

Will they take you on an African safari
Where elephants and lions say, Habari!
Or riding a camel in the desert sand,
With an ice cold popsicle in your hand?
You meet a charmer playing his tune.
And dance with the animals under the moon.

Perhaps they take you to the sky.
Up with the birds and planes you’ll fly!
Over the mountains on a glowing kite
That shines so bright you can fly all night!
You’ll zip around the world in record time,
Higher and higher into space you climb!

As morning nears, you float back down,
Your eyes peek open to familiar sounds.
It makes no difference here or there,
Your dreams can take you anywhere.
But no matter how far and wide you roam,
Your dreams will always take you home.


The Same Stars

Children's Book - 2016

Laying you down when the day is through
I dream what the world has in store for you.
Who you’ll become and what you will see
Adventures of life away from me.

That as you grow you’ll soon discover
No person or place is the same as another.
But this is okay, and I’ll tell you why
We are connected by the incredible sky,
For every night as the sun settles in
The world watches its starry show begin.

You may end up living on top of a hill,
High in the mountains where its quiet and still.
Perhaps in a city among bustling crowds
Where every day streets are busy and loud.
No matter how high or low, how near or far,
We’ll always be sleeping beneath the same stars.

If I were sailing on the endless sea
And you were up high where only clouds should be,
As we look to the sky when the sun fades away
We’d see the same stars every single day.

And it’s been this way since the world was new,
Give or take an astronomical event or two.
The Dinosaurs millions of years ago
Looked up at the same wondrous sparkling show.

Never to be altered by distance or time
Your sky, my darling, is the same as mine
So wherever you go and whatever you are
We’ll always be sleeping beneath the same stars.

Destination PNW: Bridle Trails State Park

Destination PNW: Franklin Falls

Destination PNW: La Push/Second Beach

Destination PNW: Hoh Rainforest