Beyond the primate (our first unicorn)


You haven’t heard much from Sanity Creek lately because it’s been quiet for a long while. But during the current unfortunate pause happening for much of the world, we thought we’d share a sighting that happened last summer: we spotted the first ever UNICORN recorded in Sanity Creek annals. She was shy at first, but we were quiet and held still for a long time until she felt safe. She even ended up posing for us. Behold her glory!



img_0824Bernadette loves taking care of the garden, watching and playing in the rain to see her plants grow. When she wanted to learn piano, she taught herself. The sound of her music is like gentle rain. Since she began playing for her hydrangeas, their color is infinitely more vibrant than without the music. Her favorite color is orange! But purple matters, too: if it’s springtime and you can’t find her, she’s probably playing hide and seek with the hollyhocks or harvesting violets to make her favorite cake. Wait until you taste it!

(Bernadette will grace the silent auction at the Antioch School Gala!  To read more about the event, check out Rebecca’s blog post.)



Bernadette, on her way to the Antioch School Auction Gala!

Una (The One Who Knows)

When Una was born, the tender green fiddleheads uncurled their scrolls to greet her. Though still young, she has searched across seasons for a simple way to feed more monkeys. Her sources of nourishment continue to expand. This is her gift to the world. Like the bones of hope that emerge each spring, Una knows the living-dying-living cycle is unceasing, and wondrous.  (Una will be up for auction at the Antioch School Gala.  For more information about this event, and this wonderful school, click here.)

The monkeys at CMCD

Here is a photo of the monkeys in the Emergency Department at the Childrens’ Medical Center of Dayton.  The poem hangs on the wall beside them.  Our family recently had cause to visit and be helped by the CMCD and it was so nice to have all the wonderful, kid-friendly art there.  And the staff were wonderful.

This poem accompanies the monkeys

The monkeys of Sanity Creek cheer children in the ER


Although Leopold, departmental supervisor, is one of the busiest monkeys at Sanity Creek, he is always dapper and ever-so-charming.  He has raised the bureaucratic arts to an unattainable level, not merely due to the impressive height of his new desk.  Papers and reports fly over the surface of his mind: to watch him in the archives is to watch a painter’s strokes, or a conductor’s baton

After witnessing the beauty of Leopold’s artistry, never again will the monkeys belittle office work.  Without Leopold, we would be lost.


Jerzy has made a series of tiny drums.  All summer long, he follows the insects, with his timpani mimicking their sounds, stories, songs.  He memorizes them.  Winters he teaches the younger monkeys the stories, so that Sanity Creek will never lose the mythology of their small compatriots.

Fiona the Bold

Though several monkeys from Sanity Creek might rightfully be considered superheroes, Fiona the Bold actually is one.  A modern champion, Fiona the Bold has no need to cloister her true identity behind a mild-mannered façade.  Whoever touches her fiery exterior finds her energy and vim contagious.  Her particular gift is to warm those who are chilly, and amuse the unamused and unamusable.  Fiona the Bold achieves this by frequently standing on her head and reciting the alphabet of the stars (which, as many know, is markedly different from the Arabian, Cyrillic, Courtesan, Lovefounderling, and Juiced alphabets) in a moderately loud voice.  You know it when you hear it.


Inside Out Collection, Number 7.