“Want to smell it?” he asks, stepping aside from the window. Photo Artist: Jar (Away), Creative Commons, cc license It’s been raining for four hours, a misty, hard-to-see rain that flickers translucent in the air. Water soaks the grass, clusters and puddles atop crescent-shaped purple coral-bell leaves, and drips in steady rhythm from the canvas…

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The stakes seemed higher. It’s funny how that happened. Every week without a blogpost here raised the cost of words for me, and weighted each one heavier. Photo: Martin O_ob, Creative Commons, cc license Busyness first halted me, carrying me away from my desk and you. Days passed, weeks mounted, though, and suddenly fear crept…

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