Family History

Every two weeks for the past month or so, I and various members of my family and extended family have gathered to discuss and learn about our shared Ratcliffe history. Today, we were “in” Kansas in the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s, talking about the lives of John and Mary Ratcliffe, who moved to Marshall County, … More Family History


STONE WALLS Thoughts and words pile in my mind,as heavy and mute as fallen stones that form gapsin the walls that line Newtown’s roadsand the yards where children played. I cannot speak for those who lost,but I can grieve.I can grieve for those who liveand must rebuild. In time we will restack the stones,but they … More STONE WALLS


The sun beginning to set,and the evening cool hintingagainst skin, warmed from work,I sit on the porch and clean radishes,fresh from the garden,separate the greens from the bulbs,and slowly rinse away the dirt.


We walked over windswept rocks,contemplated the quiet of the valley below,the beauty of endless mountains. We took a different route back,clambered through dense brush,questioned our decision. We laughed when we reached the car.Debated the meaning of “lost.”


It has been a long while since my last post. I’ve been writing, jotting down words and lines here and there, but cannot seem to bring anything to some sort of conclusion. I go back through notebooks to find old drafts to rework and putter around with the words a bit, but nothing ever seems … More Snippets