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Here I am Again

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Here I am again. This congregation. This same room. These same prayers. The same hopes and intentions, mostly, that I bring every year. And yet I keep coming back for […]


Sarah, Barren, Bears Fruit

Friday, June 28th, 2019

She is no longer a young woman. Blood still flows, but less red, less rich, and finally, she understands and starts laughing. As she opens her mouth a branch issues […]


Packing Mom

Monday, December 12th, 2016

(Note: I wrote this three years ago, before my mother died.) My 90-year-old mother brought a kazoo with her when she moved to assisted living a few months ago. We […]


REV UP YOUR WRITING FOR FALL

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Happy end of summer.  I hope you’ve kept cool and perhaps got away somewhere nice. Now that it’s back-to-school time, it’s a good time to start thinking afresh about your […]


TITLE 9

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Because I was a girl before Title 9 When I crashed to the floor playing volleyball in tenth grade And sprained my right ankle and nobody Took me to the […]


C’MON, DO YOU EVER SAY “AS PER” OUT LOUD?

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Here’s how a letter from a financial institution to a recipient designated only as “Customer,” starts: “As per our telephone discussion: Listed below are the documents needed by us in […]


Some Troublesome Phrases You Probably Use

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

IF YOU WRITE, “IF YOU EVER HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CALL . . . “ YOU’D BETTER BE PRETTY DARN BRILLIANT AND AVAILABLE 24/7 The ending of […]


My crush

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

I’m 60-years old, and happily married to the perfect guy for me. We have a terrific daughter, a paid-for house, two serviceable cars, satisfying careers, great friends, something of a […]


Use it as an adjective, not a noun

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

I was shopping downtown the other day when a tattered young woman approached me, a paper cup in her hand, her eyes averted, and asked, “Will you help the homeless?” […]


10 Reasons Why Writers Should Keep Journals

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Journals are a great place to deal with rejection. (They’re also a great place to bask in your success.) You can choose to use a journal as a space to […]


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