Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Barbaratoboni.com is Open for Business

photo by Patswerk
I’ve decided to update my website. My new web location is barbaratoboni.com. All of the information that you find here at barbarasmirror.com can be found at my new site. By using my name in the address bar, finding me should be easy. 
At barbaratoboni.com there is a blog on the home page. I have posted my first entry. Try out the comment section and let me know if it is easy to use. Your suggestions are appreciated. I’d love to hear from you. Dave, my husband, helped with the graphics on the home page banner. He used a photo of our Japanese maple tree sparkling with dew in the morning light.  What do you think?   
You will still be able to find my articles at http://barbbits.blogspot.com for a while, but eventually I will be using only one blog at the new location. In the next few weeks I will transfer some of my most popular articles over to the new site. I have no idea how long my older work will hang around at BlogSpot. It may never go away, but I like the idea of paring down.
Barbaratoboni.com uses WordPress, and the new program will be easier for me to manage. I’m a little sad about closing down Barbarasmirror.com. It is where I began writing online, but I’m excited about my future.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Face the World

photo by David Toboni

Age sprightly
Flower to bud
I’m only one bottle
of wrinkle repair
Nightly creams
daily potions
tiny jars
keep my cells
free radicals
botox needles
surgical knives
I drape all
Hide under
my bed
Derm doctors
what are you doing?
Creating elasticity
for my face?
This is not
a rubber ball

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


photo by Barbara Toboni. Along the coast near Jenner

In with the new! New ideas, new projects, and for me, makeovers of the old. Just like clearing out a closet, the files in my computer could use some re-organization. I will either throw out words I can no longer make sense of or reuse them in a new way.
Old poems may have new meanings for me now. Or, more importantly, the oldies can be recycled like this poem from a bit of prose I posted in May of 2015.  

Spring Snapshots

The sun’s embrace
triggers shoulders
to unwind

Spotless windows
of hard work

Hummingbird plays
in the spray
of sprinklers

Dazzling view
orange lilies
pink frilled azaleas

Tabby scratches
in pebbled dust
of vegetable garden  

A whiff of clean
sheets fresh
from the clothesline

Juicy mangoes
creamy avocados
Dreams of sun-soaked islands  

First drive to coast
first sight of sea
and its magnificence

Are you dreaming of spring? I am.