Getting Inspired (Nonet)

ballet view

Where do you get your inspiration?

Patterns, nature, a bright color,

Birds, words, a musical note!

Pen to paper scribbling

Thoughts and images


Your vision

For the




sea cucumber

Setting out to catch some fish
I needed something for the main dish.
I outfitted my line with the latest rig
hoping to catch something rather big.

A nice fat salmon from the lake,
was what I wanted to take
for dinner tonight would be a fryin’
and the hosts’ tale wouldn’t be lyin’.

As my mind began to wander,
on delightful foods to ponder,
I felt a bite on my line
Oh yes, that salmon will be mine.

I tugged and pulled every which way
muttering aloud for it to sway
till finally, the sea let go of its treasure
how big was this fish, I would measure.

My line burst from the water, up toward the sky
my stomach lurched and I felt like I was gonna die
as I gave my prize a long hard look
’twas not a salmon on my hook!

Staring hard at this ugly mound
I could not bring this homeward bound.
For what I snagged from its aquatic slumber
was but an ugly sea cucumber!

Fishing for salmon with Grandpa


This past summer, we spend quite a bit of time fishing for salmon at Amalga Harbor in Southeast Alaska. It was fun, exhilarating and we caught a few fish too.


Mendenhall Glacier, Southeast Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Southeast Alaska

We’re so lucky to be able to visit this often and watch the seasons change around this area. Photo by L. Granados


SnowFlake (Diamante)


Single, Fragile,
Forming, Swirling, Floating,
Flurries, Snowballs, Frosty, Sleet
Falling, Storming, Freezing,
Seasonal, Frigid,


Sedona (Haiku)

cathedral_rock_3Pine trees grow upward
Lizard basking on red rocks
Flowing cool water.


Silence (Acrostic)

Silhouettes emerge beyond the
Landscape as
Evening falls upon the Earth.
Nocturnal creatures awaken
Changing the night air,
Evoking fear in silence.