It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, its territories, and in every country where ex-pats who celebrate the day, live. I plan to spend the holiday with family members, a jovial group that, thanks to marriage equality, has expanded these past few years. My sister will be with us for only the second time in… Read More HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
By now, my spouse and I have participated in more than a dozen neighborhood yard sales. Tempted by the possibilities of amassing a small fortune AND creating space in our basement, garage, and closets, we’ve hauled all matter of objects from the house to the driveway, only to haul most of it back at the… Read More REGARDING YARD SALES or HOW TO DISTRACT ONESELF FROM THE EVER-WORSENING NATIONAL NEWS
An avalanche of ideas about fictitious characters, themes, and plots used to arrive at my doorstep with regularity. A newspaper article, a conversation with a friend, a snatch of dialogue overheard in a restaurant were all that I needed to jump start the wheels in my brain. Then, along came the powerful whammy of experiencing… Read More ARRIVING SHORTLY…
HIDDEN WORDS Do you remember having to write book reports when you were in school? I do. All the students who attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls were required to… Read More HIDDEN WORDS
Why do writers write? Why do we subject ourselves to endless hours of self-imposed exile from family members, friends, phone calls, Facebook posts, CNN’s breaking news, and our Twitter feeds? There are probably as many answers to these two questions as there are writers tapping on their computer’s keys right this minute. What follows are… Read More WHY DO WE WRITE?
The roses are abloom, the balloon flowers have opened, the orange day lilies have unfurled, and the veggie plants are poking through the soil. Our bird feeders lure gold finches, cat birds, purple finches, mockingbirds, black-capped chickadees, cardinals, and those pesky ground feeders, the squirrels. The desk in my home-office faces a wide window, so… Read More THIS AND THAT
Of late, my blogs have taken a turn toward the current state of our nation. We’re witnessing a type of unbridled chaos that leaves one simultaneously exhausted from and titillated by the constant flow of unbelievable news emanating from Washington, D.C., Mar-a-Lago, or Bedminster, New Jersey. Many a writer has posted on Facebook or tweeted… Read More SHORT, AND HOPEFULLY SWEET