“Hello Maggie,” or “Thank you Maggie,” or even, “Goodbye, Maggie.”

“If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.” – Dale Carnegie I’ve been thinking a lot about names … Continue reading “Hello Maggie,” or “Thank you Maggie,” or even, “Goodbye, Maggie.”

What I’m reading

On January 20 of this year, I wrote in my diary, I feel myself moving into an information consumption phase.  Whenever I move into this consumption phase after a satisfying productive phase, it is an unnerving transition. “But I should be writing, not reading about writing,” I say to myself.  “If I want to write, … Continue reading What I’m reading

The Color Purple

“…The Color Purple (this color that is always a surprise but is everywhere in nature)…” – Alice Walker I’ve been reading Southern women – I turned the final page of Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter last night, and tore through Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood before that.  As I read those, I waited impatiently for either … Continue reading The Color Purple


I finished a book last night that kept me awake when I turned out the light to sleep.  Albatross.  A woman’s story of surviving at sea when the sailboat she was crewing on sank.  As I lay there in the dark, trying to drift into dreamland, I saw her purple puckered sores in the filthy … Continue reading Insomnia