ode for the good doctor:

February 28, 2013

Dr. Seuss' birthday is March 2.
He never knew it but we were close.
When he died in 1991, I wrote for him.

Today, thanks to a reminder from my friend Cyndi,
those words are my long-distance dedication.

Marvin K. Mulrooney has at last gone away
The Lorax sits alone in his empty woods today
Yertle the Turtle has fallen off his throne
And the Cat in the Hat finally left those kids alone
Horton heard a hoo and tears ran down his face
The Grinch sat down to supper and led them all grace –

“Although we aren’t together to say our last goodbyes
Please accept my apologies for the tears that fill our eyes
We are all the creation of a man you’ve reclaimed
He was 87 years old and Seuss was his name
He taught us of life and taught us to share
He’d dream a distant land then take us there

I once stole Christmas but he made me give it back
He made Yertle fall off the top of the turtle stack
He put fish of all types in McElliot’s Pool
And made reading fun for those kids stuck in school

Today we all mourn for our friend, Dr. Seuss
The father of many including a moose
So take good care of our father and friend
We’ll stay down here so his memory won’t end”

The Grinch opened his eyes, a hurt in his heart
The cat put on his hat, his heart torn apart
All then returned to their storybook lives
So the memory of Seuss can always survive


jessica carpenter esch © 1991

May we all be fortunate enough to be such a bright light.


the first debate:

October 11, 2012


September 14, 2012

I mined this gem from Deb Scofield's September 2012 blog post on the Harvard Business Review. It's a must read if you're a boss or work for one. Click here to read the full post. 

Follow Deb online at her website or on Twitter.


pride parade:

June 18, 2012

A glimpse of what I saw at the Southern Maine Pride Parade on Saturday, June 16 in Portland, Maine.


June 2, 2012

I have never wanted a tattoo.
Their permanence has always been my deterrent.
What is solidly me today
is solidly something else next week.
I never understood the psychology of a tattoo
and how they make visible what is often not seen.
But I get it now.

Score another point for T$
in broadening my horizons yet again.


the topps are top:

April 27, 2012

Welcome to my new favorite documentary.

Prior to watching The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, my top documentary was the brilliant Sketches of Frank Gehry.

Do yourself a favor and run to your local video store (if you're lucky enough to have one) or stream it tonight on Netflix.

What's so special about the Topps?

They are hilarious and their energy is electric. They also don't shy away from changing the world. Oh, and they yodel.

I need you to trust me on that last one. ;)



April 21, 2012

I was once an onion,
mining my layers to uncover myself.

I liked being an onion.
I liked the implication of depth and discovery.

But I'm not an onion.

Onions get smaller when their layers are shed.
That's not me.

The deeper I go, the bigger I get.

I'm a freaking galaxy.


mission accomplished:

April 15, 2012

Ten years ago today, T$ and I paid off the mortgage on our old condo and have been debt free ever since. A few days later we called Dave Ramsey's radio show and thanked him for helping us make this happen.

For all those who say it cannot be done, you are mistaken.

It's not easy or quick but it sure is g.l.o.r.i.o.u.s. when you get there.

Thanks again, Dave.


April 14, 2012


esch a sketch:

April 14, 2012

Romney communications director Eric Fehrnstrom's comparison of the fall presidential campaign to shaking an Etch A Sketch was an image I could not resist. Click here to read A.V. Crofts coverage for UW Election Eye.


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