Double Reverse by Ruth Ann Dandrea

April First, 2020 How would you feelif today when you finallyagreed to turn on your TV,computer, cell phoneto reconnect with a worldgone wrong, you foundthe news that COVID-19was all some pandemicprank perpetrated by…whom? Some world-wide web of supposedjokesters trying to teachus to fear or change ourwasteful ways? Thatnow we could get back—not to normal, but … Continue reading Double Reverse by Ruth Ann Dandrea

Take Salt, Take Sugar by Susan Jefts

Take this small spoon for salt—a tiny serving in morning for waking,and another for protection. Toss someinto the wind, spread some over yourwintery skin. Spring is just arriving—the windows will open and our eyeswill see far into what the world can be.But for now take this salt, and then,some sugar for the spring sun risingas … Continue reading Take Salt, Take Sugar by Susan Jefts

April Fools Day…a long time ago by James Howard

Tom and I had been teaching buddies for a few years, discovering early our unique sense of humor was usually a catalyst for trouble. We had been unceremoniously ejected from teacher professional development workshops for poking fun at the latest phonics trend, told unabashedly to not ask any more questions during inane faculty meetings, and … Continue reading April Fools Day…a long time ago by James Howard

Webbed by Ruth Ann Dandrea

Like a spider I knitlife—a new web.Easier, not intricate.A single triangleof shawl. It willwrap over shoulderscross my heartand tie itself togetherin the back. Woolenarmor against a coldworld. My own hug.Like a spider I wait.Winding a new waythrough solitary dayshoping the familiarweb: house, garden,granddaughter, keepsme fed. Bound tolife. Understandingsecurity’s only amyth people tellthemselves to easea fear—of … Continue reading Webbed by Ruth Ann Dandrea

All Those Legs by Leslie Sittner

I watch them in the morning when I wake. And nightly by the flame light of the woodstove. They‘re not even 24 inches up from my flattened body. They crawl along the rough-hewn boards covering the ceiling; they crawl over the cedar logs supporting those ceiling boards. They are delicate, elegant, fragile-looking; they are deceptively … Continue reading All Those Legs by Leslie Sittner

Creative Aging Training for Teaching Artists in the North Country, Capital Region and Long Island

This training will be part of The New York State Creative Aging Initiative, an innovative partnership between the NYS Council on the Arts, NYS Office for the Aging, and Lifetime Arts. This 2020 pilot project will advance Creative Aging programming in three regions: the Capital Region, the North Country and Long Island. Through a series of live trainings, coaching and … Continue reading Creative Aging Training for Teaching Artists in the North Country, Capital Region and Long Island