Category Archives: writing

Gaslighting

  Words are an author’s paint and paintbrush; they’re our marble and chisel. But authors and other artists also create words. Shakespeare is said to have invented over 1700 words. Here’s a sampling of twenty of them, words like:  scuffle, … Continue reading

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Privacy Is a Moving Target.

  From public phone books to hummingbird drones. For most of my life, my phone number and address could be found in the fat public phone book everyone received once a year. When I was a kid, we even had … Continue reading

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Elena Ferrante Isn’t Who I Thought She Was.

  And I’m glad she’s not. Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym for Italy’s most famous author. For twenty years her true identity has remained a carefully guarded secret. Then, on October 2nd, the New York Review of Books published an … Continue reading

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Secrets and Revelations

The allure of secrets. Keep something secret, and suddenly everyone wants to know what it is. I’m thinking now of John Wayne, an actor who became famous for his portrayal of the strong, silent type of cowboy. Watching his movies, … Continue reading

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Blogging, Three Years and Counting

  I started my blog on August 7, 2013, more than three years ago. Since then, I’ve published 177 posts–not many in comparison to some of my more prolific blogging buddies. Still, when I started, I couldn’t have imagined writing … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to My Irish Grandma?

Two weeks ago I wrote about my Grandma Rose, the grandmother who lived just across town and was good at everything she tried. Today, in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. I’d like to write about my Irish grandmother, Norah. With … Continue reading

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I Need to Swear More.

When I was growing up in the post-World War Two era, my mom and dad swore as much as the next guy and gal. They said “damn” and “hell” and the occasional “damn it all to hell.” Never “sh*t” or … Continue reading

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Stories Set in Foreign Lands

Since I started blogging a little over two years ago, I’ve become acquainted with lots of wonderful people, one of whom is Evelyne Holingue, an author who writes for both children and adults. Today Evelyne has gathered together six authors … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know What It’s Like to Be a …

 How many times have we seen the man in a sitcom or romantic comedy shake his head and say: I’ll never understand women? When the men and his friends act like a bunch of boys, the woman doesn’t say a … Continue reading

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