Keeping the Grass Green; making sure the sun shines on beautiful books

  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

The Top of Toy Mountain (1999)

  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)

reunion: who are you? Who was I?

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?

On Short Stories; Randomly Pulling Thoughts From the Air

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

Why Launch This Book in a Church — Part 2

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