In general, my memory is pretty terrible. I remember books; I remember their stories, their characters, whether I enjoyed the work or not. But I rarely remember details of the circumstances under which I read them: where I was sitting, what was around me, the physical, sensory scene in my real life. But sometimes the … Continue reading The ultimate reading experience: when your real life setting jibes with (or opposes) the one in your book
“I’m drinking coffee in bed.” That was going to be the first line of my blog post today, a line that I landed on at 3 o’clock AM and then continued with for hours as I lay awake, composing. And the line was going to be true. I was going to drink coffee in bed, … Continue reading Word spiders
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. – Anonymous I’m in a funk. As I mentioned in a previous post, amidst the busyness of summer, I am not spending much time in contemplation. My writing is suffering for it. At first I didn’t mind. I was having fun with the … Continue reading No time to moodle
One morning, when the kids were 5 and 7, and I was standing at the chopping block cutting crusts off sandwiches, I heard our son say to his little sister, “Do you know the ‘D’ word?” He and our daughter slurped cereal at the kitchen table a few feet behind me. I paused imperceptibly, remained … Continue reading Do you know the “F” word?
With every sock I turn right side in down in the basement sorting laundry, Vowing I’ll make the kids turn their own socks And knowing I won’t, I appreciate my mother. With every attempted paperback on the couch on my back on a Saturday, Our daughter asking questions Interrupting til I put the book down, … Continue reading For Mom
last night when I tucked you in under your pink quilt with the green frogs on it, I crawled into bed behind you and we spooned. I scratched your smooth back while I sang Scarborough Fair – Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme – and stroked your round cheek with the back of my hand after … Continue reading spooning with you