Posts Tagged ‘Woodley Park’

Sounds of Spring: Carolina Wren

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

The Green/Greed Space of Woodley Park, Part Four

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Part Four of a comic on a current neighborhood issue, and, for now, the conclusion. To Be Continued…








The Green/Greed Space of Woodley Park, Part Three

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Part Three of a comic about a current neighborhood issue. See May 21st for Part Two.

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The GREEN/GREED SPACE of Woodley Park, Part Two

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Part Two of a comic about a current neighborhood issue. See May 20th for Part One.

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The GREEN/GREED SPACE of Woodley Park, Part One

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Part One of a comic about a current neighborhood issue. Sometimes you just have to laugh…

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Winter Snowdrops

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The first of March is still winter—and yet here are the faithful snowdrops emerging beside the front walk, a perpetually hopeful sign of growing things to come. I had to run and fetch the sketchbook.




A New Library

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016


Our local well-loved and popular but shabby post-WWII Cleveland Park Library is destined for replacement, and the project has brought out library-lovers in force, many making specific requests for new features (Quiet study spaces!–Better handicapped access!–Net zero energy use!) and specific requests to keep what is currently beloved (Light, warmth, and coziness!–Wooden shelving and furniture!–Children’s room memorabilia!–Our terrific staff!).

Above all, neighbors overwhelmingly requested A Building Not Like Tenley! (a nearby brand-new library branch modern in style but also regarded as cold, dark, noisy, hard, and uncomfortable). Instead residents hoped for a warm friendly building, whether modern or traditional, compatible with the neighborhood’s 100-year-old farmhouse-style houses and the nearby art-deco theater and apartments. This is looking to be unlikely.

You can see the design concept on the Cleveland Park Library website, where it is drawn considerably better than in my cartoon above.




Snow, Blessed Snow

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

A sketch from the studio window, and a poem I post in thanks for this brief interlude of beauty and silence.


blessed snow,
comes out of the sky
like bleached flies.
The ground is no longer naked.
The ground has on its clothes.
The trees poke out of sheets
and each branch wears the sock of God.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
I bite it.
Someone once said:
Don’t bite till you know
if it’s bread or stone.
What I bite is all bread,
rising, yeasty as a cloud.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
Today God gives milk
and I have the pail.

—Anne Sexton



Elephant Moving Day!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

On my zoo walk this morning by the elephant house, I didn’t know I would be saying goodbye to Kandula, whose birth in 2001 I remember.


Below, I post a sketch from December 2004, when Kandula was three years old.



A March Snow

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Here is a sketch of our snowy spring garden—but it’s unfortunately not enough of a snowfall to “hide wholly from view” our newly delivered city trash and recycling bins, freshly painted by my husband and son with the house number.


Let the old snow be covered with the new:
The trampled snow, so soiled, and stained, and sodden.
Let it be hidden wholly from our view
By pure white flakes, all trackless and untrodden.
When Winter dies, low at the sweet Spring’s feet
Let him be mantled in a clean, white sheet.

Let the old life be covered by the new:
The old past life so full of sad mistakes,
Let it be wholly hidden from the view
By deeds as white and silent as snow-flakes.

Ere this earth life melts in the eternal Spring
Let the white mantle of repentance fling
Soft drapery about it, fold on fold,
Even as the new snow covers up the old.

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox