Reading her books as a young girl helped me realized the power of creativity to understand our troubles, our weaknesses, and our human potential. Thank you, Ursula K. LeGuin https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ursula-k-le-guin-grand-dame-of-science-fiction-dies-at-88/2018/01/23/8842ceb8-0087-11e8-8acf-ad2991367d9d_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-obit%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.88fa78c4ab72

Speaking of breaking the rules…

I know, I know. I still look punk, so it comes as no surprise to any of you that I binge-listened to "Under the Big Black Sun" back in the day. Wonderful to hear Exene and John Doe (and Dave Alvin) on Fresh Air today, healthy and happy, celebrating the rule-breaking music of that time. … Continue reading Speaking of breaking the rules…

In praise of public libraries

My contribution to The Writers' Vineyard this month celebrates National Library Week, public libraries, and librarians. One rite of passage in my small-town kindergarten was a field trip to the public library. I remember almost nothing about that trip except for one glowing moment: signing my name, in recently-learned cursive, on my very first library … Continue reading In praise of public libraries

Grateful new year

Research shows that practicing gratitude brings deeper and more lasting happiness than, well, just about anything else. Among the many things, people, and experiences for which I am grateful this year, a few strike me as worth sharing. Terrific local, independent bookstores like Jerrol's and A Book for All Seasons, whose support for local, independent … Continue reading Grateful new year

25 Years Ago

Twenty-five years ago, I looked forward¬†to my twenty-fifth birthday, just a couple of weeks later that November. I'd earned my master's degree, and begun working as a counselor. The 1980's drew to a close with short hair, skinny jeans and Jack Purcells. I remember wanting desperately to believe I could manage an adult life, and … Continue reading 25 Years Ago