Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

The snow blew cold across the earth A solid blanket of white Nothing living seemed to stir No visitors to tame the night I wrote those words a long time ago—long before I moved from the Southeast to the Midwest, long before I had ever experienced a blizzard. Yet somehow I managed to capture the …

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Oh, what wonderful relief! A witches’ brew steeped stealthily in the wee hours of the morning Slippery elm, rose hip, cinnamon bark and licorice root Water heated in a pot over an eerie orange glow that lights the Early morning and warms the chill As the wind howls outside in these still moon-lit hours Accompanied …

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When I was a little girl, I loved dressing up for Halloween, but inevitably the weather would turn cold October 31, and my mom would make me wear a coat over my Halloween costume. I hated that. I couldn’t figure out how anyone was supposed to see my costume if I had to wear a …

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