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Time folds like an accordion

On Friday, Grace ran her first cross-country meet.  She was nervous, and I was not there, and she did well.  She did really well. I picked her up after her meet and we went straight to the airport to pick up her dearest friend from camp, J.  J is the daughter of my old and […]

Time, and a map of what matters

This September has offered simply spectacular sunsets September is almost over.  The world spins on.  Aidan and I are coming to the end of this month of the Here Year, whose theme has been time.  Time is perhaps the central preoccupation of my life.  How quickly it moves, how evanescent it is, the confounding nature […]

You must travel it by yourself

Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land. -Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass I found […]

My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends

  It was a great honor to have my work included in Stephanie Sprenger and Jessica Smock’s first anthology, The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship.  Friendship is an important subject to me (as evidence, my archives for that topic), and I loved the book, which touched on so […]

The telling power of shelves

The first thing I do when I’m in someone home for the first time (or even not for the first time) is look at their bookshelves.  I can spend a long, long (probably a socially-unacceptably long) amount of time browsing the books they keep, display, and, presumably, love.  I think there is a tremendous amount […]

Little daily miracles

I read a lot this summer.  I re-read some, too.  One book I picked up again for the first time in years was To the Lighthouse.  It was my copy from college, and I loved seeing the underlining.  So many passages jumped out at me, then and now. To be silent; to be alone. All […]

How She Does It: Brettne Bloom

Oh, Brettne.  Where to begin?  Brettne is so many things.  Most famously, she is a supremely accomplished literary agent.  She is a partner in Kneerim, Williams & Bloom and represents such fine authors as Courtney Sullivan, whose The Engagements I recently loved. Brettne has several books out this fall that I’m excited to read, including […]

Summer: long ago & some writing

One month ago today I picked Grace ad Whit up from sleepaway camp and turned 40.  It feels like that was a hundred years ago!  Today I just want to highlight a few writing- and web-related things that happened over the summer and recently. This is Childhood, the book that Brain Child magazine published from […]

Thoughts on 40: female friends

Didn’t know what photo to include.  I didn’t feel right posting people so here, enjoy some of my favorite flower! Turning 40 made me reflective. No surprise here.  There is a lot on my mind.  Some of it is good, because let’s face it, aging is a privilege, and I’m aware of it, and fully […]

One spectacle grander than the sky

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. ~Victor Hugo Another quote I found on the gorgeous Barnstorming, which is a daily read for me.