Terribly disappointed at the photos condoning outdoor gatherings. Albeit, 6’ apart. At this early stage in the virus timeline we really don’t know that this is safe distancing. according to CDC It is a distance based on short trips for essentials.

Elsa Bouman


The train to Kalamazoo from Milwaukee

Then prairie, now forest clumps, water towers

Shots of hot pink and vertical stands of lime reeds

Cattails, ranch houses, poplars and irises

Wisconsin farms sprinkled with new crops

Cocoa tassled deer grass blown back by this passing train

Errant loosestrife and duckweed thicken the trackside marshes

Dust, bobcats and helmeted workers

Shiny taut horses with black brooms sweeping flies

Copper roofs, snags, backs of warehouses tumble by

sunlit shadows, parallel roads,

Leaving it, faster and faster. Saturating greens, all sorts

Where is the red of fall in this much longed for spring?

Cyclone fencing, power poles forewarn the city.

A girl stands astride a bike at the corner

of Thistle and Hazel, her hair is black and her backlit pink cruiser

pronounces itself

A wash of blues behind her sharp silhouette.

Brick, a sure sign of urban living, ahead, around the curve.

Rough necks, crayfish supplies, lottery and checks cashed.

Outlet stores and red striped cement trucks.

Victorian clatter traps with ugly paint.

Orange churches draped with heavenly blue plastic tarps

Flat roofed condominiums

A U-Haul idles restlessly at an intersection in Illinois.

Union station, four train pews and light from another era.

A cold beer in a hot bar.

E. Bouman, May, 2012



Ridged, windswept, twin deserts

marked with spidery mesquite

chiseled rose quartz, blotched purple, brown

Translucent landscape covered with dust

and stones, ropes and bones

These digital landscapes levitate and tremble

inches above the next piecrust.

E.bouman, 2011



November rolling by...

...wow, the days are clicking by here and it feels like Thanksgiving is almost here. Wait! It is almost here.

I would like to do something different for the THAT Thursday. Maybe seafood? Or...?

Not this!



June is gone, so is July, August and September.

Well, Autumn is here and a summer of swimming and enjoying a beautiful season of warm days and
sunshine has me ready for the lovely colors and cold, wet weather that are here in October.
Almost November and I am excited to take the train for an autumn color tour of Washington and Oregon. Visiting my niece, Jessica and her fiancé, Kenyon this week. I will take along lots of holiday projects as I am needle felting a bunch of ornaments for gifts this Christmas.
Enjoying the fires by Lake Washington during these cold days and baking up spanakopita and homemade breads. Also putting my garden to bed and seeing lots of hungry yard birds. Huzzah! Life is good.
Ray is the best dog owner in the world and Pika is a very lucky girl!
I appear to be on vacation!
See you in September, thanks for following
and have a great summer!


Torn paper and filters

Taking the torn paper mosaic class at Edmonds Senior Center. Great fun with Ruth Barth, teacher.


S. Novak