The Grief Telephone

This past weekend I attended a memorial for a man who was happily married for 61 years. He was a lawyer, a musician, an animal rescuer, a father, and a husband. Above all, he was a good man, someone who knew that the most important thing in the world is to love. This...

Tiny Stories, Big Influence

Last month, two beloved writers, Meena Alexander and Louise DeSalvo, made their transitions into a fully spiritual existence. Meena was 67. Louise was 76. Both, in addition to authoring numerous books, were Distinguished Professors at Hunter College, CUNY. Each, in their own way, helped to shape my path as a writer.

The Sugar Balloon

Whenever you bump up against a writing situation that feels impossible, remember the Sugar Balloon, and all the experimentation, tenacity, innovation, determination, and risk that it took to arrive at this floating answer to a once-thought-impossible question.

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