“Under the Branches of My Family’s Tree”

Come hear me read a memoir piece about the strength passed down from generations of amazing people in my family.  I’ll be reading at Waterline Writers in Batavia on December 21 at 7 pm.  If you’ve never attend this reading event, it is something to put on your bucket list and cross off on December 21!



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