I am no one without you. I may not know you, but I write for you, reader. You are my Muse. Here is an overview of what you will find here.
I began this blog at the same time I made the resolution to leave classroom teaching to become a writer. Through blogging, I created a practice of writing publicly about personal concerns. Early entries are password protected. Ask me for the password if you are interested.
I call the blog Letters Home. I have lived far from home at many times in my life, and much of my earlier writing was in the form of letters. I wrote letters home to report on the experiences I was having abroad and through writing to sustain a sense connection to a place of safety and security. What home means has evolved over the years, but I think I write these blogs for the same reason. By writing about diverse experiences I am trying to bring them home and make sense of them.
I take pictures all the time with my cell phone. I have shared them widely on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some also ended up here.
There is a tradition in my family to write poems on special occasions: weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and more. My mother writes a Valentine poem for each of her eight grandchildren every year! These poems represent my participation in this family tradition. I was especially proud to write a poem for my student who was a finalist in the national spelling bee. I would gladly accept a commission to write an occasional poem for someone outside my family who deserves celebration in verse.
From the end of 2012 until the beginning of 2019, I published hundreds of haiku on Twitter as @qerese. My haiku have also appeared in anthologies, online and print journals, and three self-published chapbooks. This page contains some of my earlier haiku.
ALPHA IS FOR ANTHROPOS
This is the page for Alpha is for Anthropos, a collection of my original nursery rhymes for teaching Ancient Greek to children with illustrations by Lucy Bell Wait Jarka-Sellers in the style of red figure vase paintings.