Saturday, April 30, 2011

gammy's bread & butter pickles

photo: renee doiron harris

20-30 cucumbers
1 large white onion
1/2 cup salt
5 cups sugar
5 cups cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cloves

Slice thinly cucumbers and one large white onion. Soak 3 hours with salt. Drain. Rinse. Cook sugar, vinegar and spices. Heat, do not boil. Put slices in vinegar and pack in jars and seal.

wagon ride

Catahoula, 1975

Friday, April 29, 2011

where did this girl go?

Catahoula Park, 1982

I love this photograph of you. The cropping of Monica's face, your baby you balance on your hip, the way a ray of sunlight finds the folds of your red bandanna, echoing your gaze. Is that a lollipop Pierre's chewing? And at the top of a slide, tiny in the background, some boy about to slide down backward.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


photo: jetheriot

She must have flown head-first into the picture window. By the time it dawned on her that the wide open patch of sky she thought she was flying toward was in fact a plate of glass, it had already snapped her spine. Half in sunlight, half in shadow, cushioned by fallen ash leaves, the carcass of the female cardinal took on golden and somber hues. It seemed cruel to just sweep her off the porch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

near austin

photo: jetheriot

Monday, April 18, 2011

catahoula levee road

THROUGH THE ROLLED-DOWN back window of the station wagon, a yellow one, slightly green like an unripe banana, I smell the traveling cloud of dust being kicked up in our wake . . . and through the glittering dust I see the high-winding levee road.

walking stick

photo: jetheriot

4th grade social studies project

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

hay for sale

photo: jetheriot

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


photo: jetheriot

Monday, April 4, 2011

pegasus is a horse angel

BICYCLES AND HORSES don’t mix. To a horse, a person on a bicycle is a witch on a broom zooming sideways, a phantom. It does what any spooked horse would do. It rears up, bares its teeth and punches the air with its hooves.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

wildflowers in texas

photo: jetheriot