Whimsy and Pique

Jane Ehrenfeld
Life, Beauty, Parenting, and Everything
Created 30 Dec 2020
  • Bonus (amazement): A Shade of Tempest
    07 Apr 2022 2 1
    An incredible thing has happened. One day after she turned 10, Annie became a paid, published poet. These last few weeks have been gutting, but this…this is pure joy. The piece is here. Annie and I ho...
  • Tsunami
    25 Mar 2022 3 3
    Instructions on Not Giving Up More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving their cotton candy-colored bloss...
  • Rest In Peace, Ginger
    27 Feb 2022 9 6
    Bazougey Where goes he now, that dark little dog who used to come down the road barking and shining? He’s gone now, from the world of particulars, the singular, the visible. So, that deepest sting: so...
  • Exercising Delight
    22 Feb 2022 7 5
    Vee and I at the moment CNN called the election for Joe Biden “But most days, if you’re aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently at this…lady who just screamed at her...
  • D. None of the Above?
    01 Feb 2022 11 6
    I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. — Anne Lamott I did something stupid recently. Well, I’ve probably done at...
  • Love in the Dark
    11 Jan 2022 17 5
    Illustration from Tatterhood and Other Tales, edited by Ethel Johnson Phelps “Probably you were not quite well, my little dove, when you wrote to me, for a note of real melancholy pervaded your letter...
  • Not a Priest, a Poet
    21 Dec 2021 11 5
    Earlier this fall, Annie brought home a little slip of paper from her library class at school. She had been asked to title a fiction book, and, in her Annie way, she quickly transformed a rote exercis...
  • Pierced & Inked
    30 Nov 2021 7 7
    The offending ear I have long maintained that my father accidentally stumbled upon one of the greatest parenting strategies of all time. He denies that any of it was intentional, but I am not sure I b...
  • Regrets, I've Had a Few*
    09 Nov 2021 7 5
    Regret It's not for laws I've broken That bitter tears I've wept, But solemn vows I've spoken And promises unkept; It's not for sins committed My heart is full of rue, but gentle acts omitted, Kind de...
  • Loupe
    24 Aug 2021 2 2
    Sisters I’m excited to share my latest publication, Loupe, which appears in The Feminine Collective. I have no idea what genre it is. Nonfiction prose poem? Creative flash nonfiction? I’m coming up em...
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