Writing about Writing

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

Yes, but the writer must have the passion, intensity, and honed skill of the swordsman. Writers must also have the courage to pull their destiny from the stone.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” It might not be quite that bad, but “let your reach exceed your grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

That’s why we are here.

How Family Stories Start

Family stories don’t begin with writing. They begin with living, and observing, and remembering. Family stories begin somewhere and develop somewhere else and someone notices. That’s what happened to me and it had to do with something I saw in a china cabinet…

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Boomers as Elders

The shutdown hasn’t just lasted for a few weeks. We are all still on high alert, our anxiety heightened by political and environmental stress. On top of it all, we who are of a certain age group have been told we are not…

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Mind the Gap

I recently had someone I trust report something political he had “read on the internet” that I was expected to find both stupid and outrageous. The anecdote played well into my biases and I found myself tempted to pile on to the anecdote,…

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In which Coyote teaches me to listen to stories in the appropriate frame of mind. “Tell me a story,” I demanded. ‘Demanded’ might be too strong a word because I meant it as a compliment. Coyote tells such good stories and I love…

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Country Funeral

“Have you ever seen a ghost,” my friend asked. We were having breakfast at Cafe Dewitt. I was on the banquette with my back to the fishtank. We were early so no one was seated nearby but that might have caught their attention.…

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To Delve

I learned a counting rhyme when I was a child, “One, Two Buckle My Shoe.” I recited it, of course, but there wasn’t anything in the lower numbers to hold my interest—three, four shut the door; five, six, pick up sticks; seven, eight,…

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