Having made my laborious way through Volume I of The Letters of Sylvia Plath (1940-1956–well before her suicide,) I found myself distinctly unimpressed with her personality. She was one of the most singularly self-centered people I’ve ever encountered. But the genius of her writing is often apparent in these letters, as the following excerpts show. … Continue reading


My son-in-law recently asked me to do a drawing for his website which prompted me to ‘revisit’ my colored pencils. I then decided to ‘colorize’ some graphite note cards I’d done many years ago — a collection of five castles in the British Isles. Here is the first. Eilean Donan, in the Scottish Highlands, near Dornie, … Continue reading


John Ruskin (1819-1900), was the primary English art critic of the Victorian era. He also wrote on a great variety of subjects in equally varied styles and forms including essays, lectures, poetry, manuals, and travel guides. He even wrote a fairy tale. Here’s what he had to say about reading, writing, books, and art. “A … Continue reading

The Storm Beneath the Calm – Interview by Debbi Voisey

Debbi Voisey kindly asked me to do a Q&A for her writer’s blog, My Way By Moonlight. It was a pleasure and a privilege. The Q&A follows here. Dianne Ebertt Beeaff is a writer and artist, originally from Canada and now living in Arizona.  I am fortunate enough to count her among my friends.  Over … Continue reading

Remembering Maurice Sendak

On the occasion of what would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday, June 10th, here’s a few quotes from that extraordinary man. “I didn’t want them to be traditional monsters, like griffins and gorillas and such like. I wanted them to be very, very personal. It had to come out of my own particular life. … Continue reading

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