Excited to learn that another of my short stories has been chosen as a Finalist with The Pinch Journal!
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
On March 28, 1941, Virginia Woolf, in the depths of a deep depression, filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones, walked into the River Ouse near her home, and drowned. She was fifty-nine years old. In honor of her brilliant career, here’s a fragment of her outstanding novel, Mrs. Dalloway. “Shredding and slicing, dividing and … Continue reading
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
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!
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
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!
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
“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