In the process of culling a lot of other possessions to make for a less cluttered home, I eventually ended up at the bookcases. Some years back, it seemed like sacrilege—me, professing to be a disciple of words and story—to discard books. Pass along so others can enjoy them, donate to book sales, pack … Continue reading Keeping the Grass Green; making sure the sun shines on beautiful books
I’m stuck in traffic, making one last trip to the mall. A radio announcer with a soulful voice implores me to consider the children who will have nothing under the Christmas tree. He wants me to help build Toy Mountain. For three weeks, I’ve shopped, baked and decorated. I am building Christmas for my … Continue reading The Top of Toy Mountain (1999)
During the years that I’ve had my nose to the writing stone, I’ve learned that not only is the artist frequently underpaid or not paid at all for time spent engaging formally with other artists and audiences, but that there is a common and puzzling opinion that artists—who from this point I’ll refer to as … Continue reading Was the Artist Paid?
My garden is my sanctuary from the time blue buds on hepatica dare to appear under a dusting of snow and until the last trees finally begin to drop their leaves—the laurel leaf willow and the burr oak that seem to hold onto hope until late October or longer. This time of summer, when every … Continue reading Summer Stories
reunion; (OED) the act or instance of reuniting; the condition of being reunited; a social gathering especially of people formerly associated. Google “school reunion” for more advice than I hope you will ever need: 6 Reasons High School Reunions should not exist; 5 Reasons to attend your high school reunion; school reunion ideas, quotes, songs, … Continue reading reunion: who are you? Who was I?
I have no memory of my mom or dad reading to me, but I know that my older sister entertained me well with books. In fact, I remember her telling my dad with great excitement, “Janie can read!” I was about four years old, and no young genius, but after many readings of the … Continue reading Books that Enchant
But no, short stories aren’t scooped out of the air in nets. More often, they’re a flash of an idea that flies by so quickly we grab at them and have to run to catch up. Sometimes we have to walk backwards over the same ground to find them again. And again. And again. What’s … Continue reading On Short Stories; Randomly Pulling Thoughts From the Air
“you give a dog a bad name, and that dog is bad for life.” ——Eleanor Catton The Luminaries Dogs are dogs but names do matter. I won’t take time, though, to speculate on how the naming of a child can influence his life, because I know for sure that the names we gave our children … Continue reading What Shall I Call Thee
In case you missed Part 1: http://wordpress.com/read/post/id/4101547/1497/ Saturday, April 26. Sixty people, Owl's Nest sold out of their copies of a family of any other name; Exploring Queer Relationships, a beautiful mix of church community, writing community, LGBT community, and a lot of conversation when the readings were done and we moved on to book … Continue reading Why Launch This Book in a Church — Part 2
I have avoided writing all but the occasional book review for most of my writing life, and writing a theatre review has truly never crossed my mind. But after seeing "Oblivion" workshopped at the U of C yesterday, I'm going to set aside my reluctance to do a review for which I have no credentials … Continue reading Oblivion