Good News And A Vermont Haiku

So, the first bit of good news is that my in-laws just surprised us with a brand-new laptop! Yay! I must say, it is much easier to blog when one owns a computer… although you can manage without one.

I realize that I’ve neglected this blog terribly and I hope to start posting more consistently now.

The second bit of good news is that I am writing a memoir! I’ll be self-publishing “Baby, Don’t Leave Me” through Amazon’s Kindle Direct program. I have another blog, which is solely devoted to my new book: If you take a look, just bear with me… it is still under construction.

For those of you who are still wondering about the Social Justice Ebook Project that we began a few years ago, it didn’t die and it isn’t forgotten. Actually, writing my memoir has inspired me to dust off the Social Justice Project. There were several problems with it, one being that it just didn’t have enough content to make up a whole book. It also got shelved because of some very hard personal struggles that my family has faced over the past two years. I’m hoping reboot the idea sometime soon and add more contributors. I’ll be talking more about that on here in the days to come.

For now,  I’m working on finalizing my manuscript for “Baby, Don’t Leave Me”. I still need to take and add photographs to the story, get it proof-read and edited, and touch up the formatting a bit. The whole process has become a bit of a passion for me and I haven’t worked on much else lately.


Here’s a haiku about our lovely Vermont weather… (…hear the sarcasm, people…)


 chocolate ice skim

framed by falling fairy flakes

mud and snow combine



Alliterated Art, Spring Symphony of Harmonious Haiku by Toni L.A. Cross

Splashing silver shine

Water wearing wild wings



Singing sung softly

Brightly blissful bird bathing

Serenity shared


Seeing signs showing

Guileless green grass gently grows

Sowing spring’s sweet seeds

nighttime haiku, written by Toni L.A. Cross 1/10/10

crickets tuning strings
fire-flies dancing ominous
clouds hiding everything else

something howls long
stillness broken violently
echoing through trees

darkness crawls slowly by
shivers of silent visions
banished by sun’s glow

Definition of Haiku:
3 lines
first line, 5 syllables
second line, 7 syllables
third line, 5 syllables
Haiku is required to ’suggest’ a single season somehow. It might be directly, by using a word like ‘blossom’ for Spring, or ’snow’ for Winter, or indirectly, by tone, imagery or pace.