IN HONOR OF THE SPRING EQUINOX

A bit of poetry from Billy Collins for the first day of spring: TODAY If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the … Continue reading

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s an Irish blessing: Wishing you always — Walls for the wind And a roof for the rain And tea beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you And those you love near you And all that your heart might desire!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The great Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman for International Women’s Day:   Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MARCH

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) is an American poet and political activist best known for her work on social justice, feminism, Judaism and equality. “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. “If there were no poetry on any day in the world poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an … Continue reading

RETREAT WEST SHORT STORY PRIZE

Unfortunately, my story, Robin (The Handle of a Child’s Bucket), one of seven on Retreat West’s short list, did not take a prize. Pleased to say, however, that it will be published in their upcoming anthology!

FOR THE FULL SNOW MOON

In honor of tonight’s Full Snow Moon, a poem from Walter de la Mare. SNOW No breath of wind, No gleam of sun – Still the white snow Whirls softly down Twig and bough And blade and thorn All in an icy Quiet, forlorn. Whispering, rustling, Through the air On still and stone, Roof — everywhere, … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR FEBRUARY

“Writing is difficult, often painful and always lonely. As you learn to write better, writing becomes more difficult, more painful and no less lonely.” Truer words were never spoken! But still, as writers, we have to do it. Journalist and author Betty Rollin’s news reports have won both the DuPont and Emmy awards. She is … Continue reading

RETREAT WEST SHORT STORY

Just received notice that another of my short stories has been short-listed at Retreat West! The final decision comes in March but this has just made my day!

DONNA TARTT’S THE GOLDFINCH

American novelist Donna Tartt’s recent Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch, has been both praised and panned. Born and raised in Mississippi, Tartt was already marked as “a rare genius” and “a literary star” at age eighteen. Her prose style, both immersive and protracted stands in contrast to much of contemporary writing which favors the crisp … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JANUARY

The brilliant British playwright and screenwriter, Tom Stoppard, was knighted in 1997. His prominent plays include Arcadia, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Stoppard also co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House and Shakespeare in Love. “I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect.” “You can’t open … Continue reading

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