Category Archives: creative process

Did I Icon the Week Away?


For the longest time,  a wooden egg I found at a remnants sale has sat on a shelf in my closet. I’ve had a confusing variety of ideas about what should cover the egg—everything from decoupage flowers to simple gradations … Continue reading

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Things I Can Say about Spock, an Ex-Academic, and Power Now that They’ve All Bumped into Each Other in My Head


Of course it is sad, I am sad, to know that Leonard Nimoy is gone. With unashamed sentiment, I have read some lovely eulogies, tributes that address fully what a fan should say about the man and his body of … Continue reading

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Meto-things: What’s Up


Here is where things are at: 1 My partner in all things of art and life, David L. White, has three poems up at The Knicknackery, “Low Tide”, “Crochet”, and “At Oven’s Door”, which I can’t even read because it breaks me. Intensity. I … Continue reading

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Prompt-a-thon, with Pictures


I have learned something valuable: Prompts are well liked. I guess I get a little frustrated with prompt-driven writing because it was so much a part of the public school classroom. I, the student me, hated grade school (and everything … Continue reading

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Prompt-a-thon


Whoever came up with the abhorrent idea that January first is invigorating? Post-holidays, I am not invigorated, I’m exhausted. Resolution is not in the air. Days are dark, dreamy. Nights feel right cozied up with family. Mornings feel like a … Continue reading

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Meto-news


 My short story, “My Grandmother, Lily, Says a Few Words About Brooding”, appears in the current edition of Clockhouse. I’ve gone a bit fan-girl realizing that my favorite American poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, also appears in this edition. I was … Continue reading

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Ceremony


Consider this conversation I had with my nine year old today: “I need some stuff so I can write a letter to my cousins.” “That’s a great idea. What do you need?” “Pajamas, purple ink pens, lined paper, a cup … Continue reading

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