Like cooking, the joys and complexities of relationships take a measure of concentration and commitment, a brace of excitement, a dollop of good timing and a pinch of luck. They are a perpetual source of wonder and despair; in fact, lasting relationships - whether it be to the 'old shoe' of a career, a Victorian house needing repairs, a group of comrades waiting at the bowling alley, a good friend who helps you on your newspaper route, the feeling we have for a part of our past, a companionable pet or a significant other are always in need of refreshed and deeper understanding.
Robert F. Lawson s poetry has appeared in "Three Rivers Poetry Journal," "Salt Lick," "Plum Review," "Phoenix," "Negative Capability," "Lullwater Review," "Kalliope," "Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, " and others. He is currently the major gifts and planned giving officer for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. A co-editor for the Chrysalis Reader and former editor for Simon & Schuster, Lawson does freelance editing and writing consultation as time permits. Carol S. Lawson holds a master s degree in creative writing and literature from Bennington College. Her long and varied career in publishing has included editing a medical journal for Harper & Row, publications work for the U.S. Public Health Service and the Environmental Protectio"