This is my 75th, my diamond, my brilliant, sparkling, exquisitely-valuable blog post! I've been blogging for a year now. Thanks for coming to my Jubilee Celebration. I'm still in shock over the tragedy in neighboring Boston, and I can barely imagine the depth of pain of the families and friends of the injured and lost...… Continue reading My Diamond Jubilee!
I've been told that repeating the same ritual twice makes it a tradition. Today we visited Conimicut Point in Rhode Island, making it our new tradition to spend Easter listening to the crash of waves. Here's the poem I wrote when we spent Easter morning in Rockport, Massachusetts. Toward Daylight We face the sun we cannot… Continue reading Easter Morning
After great pain a formal feeling comes-- (to read Emily Dickinson's entire poem, click here). The day before my birthday in January, we buried my grandmother. On that same day, January 30th, my granddaughter was born. For more than fifty years, I have been my grandmother's only granddaughter. It is difficult to explain what a… Continue reading A Formal Change, inspired by Emily Dickinson
You have a story to tell. Just write your story. I appreciate the dedication of hardworking career writers, those who have spent decades studying and practicing the art and craft of writing. I love literature. I wish everyone could write it; but it takes talent and dedication to write literature. You don't need to write… Continue reading Don’t Become a Writer–Just Write Your Story
Making a story is a process. It is built in stages, just like constructing anything from a quilt to a bookshelf to a house. Stories do not just roll out of pens' tips or spill from keyboard-tapping fingers. Stories are drafted and then edited and then revised and revised until the right words and right… Continue reading How to turn a memory into a plot for your memoir
This week I led a workshop sponsored by our local library, called "Share Your Story." When asked whether I would teach an ongoing course, I regretfully declined. But the class's 26 participants have inspired me to re-invent my blog. I have a passion for helping other people write and publish their stories, because I believe… Continue reading Share Your Story
Reading "The Art of Travel" by Alain de Botton has re-introduced me to the thought-provoking and inspiring writings of John Ruskin (1819-1900). He has got me thinking again about something I can never seem to explain-why I blog and post; and why I read your blog or your posts (you whose blog and/or facebook posts… Continue reading Thank you to my friends who express themselves