Hillside Market Community Days


I told my first story in New Mexico at Community Days at Hillside Market in Santa Fe!  The community of storytellers is so inspired and generous here.  There is something about living near beauty and land that is reaching for the sky that makes you want to connect with something bigger than you.  What better way to do that than telling stories, right?!


Appreciating Connection

The moments we feel connected to someone or something may be fleeting.  Yet, they provide meaning to our lives.

This image is something I always come back to when I think of these fleeting connections.

hotograph by Kimberly Gotches, 2014


Walking along the river,
I see my first ice flower.
It could melt at any moment,
yet it hangs on –

Hovering over the water from which it came
and to which it will go.

It glistens,
like crystal,
its stem both flexible
and strong.

It is something beautiful,
existing in-between.
Something we won’t notice
if we just wait for spring.

I won’t forget this flower.

I want this flower to know:

“I appreciate you.”

– by Kimberly Gotches