High Tide

When I homeschooled the girls, this author and homeschooling mom, Melissa Wiley, wrote about her homeschool being tidal. I believe my reading life to be tidal as well. This means there’s moments of high energy and activity, followed by other times where for some reason, I’m not as engaged, and I may feel a bit…

The Ink Dark Moon

The full title is The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan, translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani. These two women wrote in the Heian era, which lasted from 794 to 1185. Ono No Komachi (834 – ?), and Izumi  Shikibu (974?…