Author Archives: DIRNDL SKIRT


Sharing my art and writing in a loosely gathered way that allows for meandering and taking the scenic route, I try to be mindful, meaningful, but still, at times, playful.

I’m Still Here

I recently turned 65, and “clack!” went the abacus in my head. Somehow I had been able to fudge (or smudge) myself into still being somewhere in the middle of my lifespan. But chiaroscuro is no longer hiding the truth: … Continue reading

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As much as I want to close the lid on this year, I dread January. In order to prepare for that, I am turning inward, working on things I want to accomplish, and not getting worked up about the things … Continue reading

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I haven’t felt so gutted since 9/11. All I can do is decide not to give any more of my personal serenity away to the distractions that claimed much of this past year—unless it involves a creative outlet or actively … Continue reading

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Into White

  March might have gone out like a lamb, but April has lumbered in like a stunned polar bear—frigid temps, high winds, and snow. More than an aberrant dusting, this nonsense is into its second forty-eight hours, well past April … Continue reading

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Breathing In the New Year

Once Christmas is past, I can’t wait to clear the decks and halls of all things holly and jolly. The new year awaits, and I am always champing at the bit with big, creative plans. Or at the very least, … Continue reading

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Holiday Gratitude

I am being rewired. It is difficult to stay away from the screen, the ping, the endless loop that makes me feel connected to the world. Yet I often get the sense that real life is a distraction to our … Continue reading

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Gifting Myself Some Mindfulness

What I wanted more than anything for my 62nd birthday was to become more mindful. Too many screeching tea kettles and pots of scorched rice were testaments that my Gemini-sanctioned multitasking skills were careening out of control. It was time … Continue reading

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Flying By the Seat of My Pants

Until recently, when asked how things were in my life, I’d say (only one quarter in jest): “Oh, you know, circling the drain.” This has been a knee jerk response for several years now, revealing either a very clogged drain, … Continue reading

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April Is the Cruelest Month

I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. And after this past winter, I can tell you, it’s raining shoes. Reacting as I have been programmed to on that day in 1957 when my father did not come … Continue reading

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My Tandem Life

Sometimes you just have to root around for the baggage ticket and reclaim the person you once were. I was a city person: ate, breathed, walked, talked, worked, slept, fought for, and loved (unconditionally) New York City. We’d been a … Continue reading

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