Write Your Life—In Short Form

Suddenly finding myself engaged in a busier life (yes, I know I had been job-hunting since January—but when the work finally came, it made an instant, dramatic change in my lifestyle), I have recently adopted a short form of journaling—the haiku.

I love it!

I can compose in my head while driving in the car, on the paper placemat in my favorite Chinese restaurant, or in between reading articles in a magazine. Here’s a sampling of this falls poetic snapshots.

What an Election Cannot Change

Crimson and gold of
Trees, the glory of blue sky,
God in heaven, on earth.

It’s Raining Leaves

It’s raining leaves, gold
And crimson showering downward
Autumn’s confetti.


Peace, nature stills. We
Wait for You to set afire
Our world-weary lives.

Capture some snapshots of your life in haiku, and please share your creations here as a comment. Don’t let the butterflies of your moments fly away never to be seen again.


Wonderful Words: About Writing


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It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: He catches the changes of his mind on the hop.     ~Vita Sackville-West

Thank You

friends w starI have written this in my head many times, even written it in my head in the shower, even jotted down notes while dripping wet wearing only a towel. This post is a hard thing to do, but it shouldn’t be. It’s only acknowledging reality. Working full-time is not going to allow me enough free time to write novels and short stories and maintain a regularly scheduled blog.

And so, I want to take this time to thank those of you who have been following me here at Literate Lives.

When I started Literate Lives, I just wanted to put up something that might be helpful to parents, teachers, and other writers. Thank you for your willingness to receive what it has been my pleasure to provide.

Like my creative life, Literate Lives will not end, but will endure in a more free-form format. I plan to continue to post writing ideas, quotes I love, and information for writers and those who teach reading and writing. I simply will not be able to do so on as frequent or regular basis as I did in the past.

To those of you who took a chance and adopted my Greek and Latin Roots Vocabulary and Spelling Program, I extend my sincere apologies. This is a pet project of mine and when I started, I had every intention of completing a school-year’s worth of lists. Alas, that too must go on hold.

Thank you again, for continuing to follow me. I wish you a joyous holiday season!