Category Archives: writing

When Familiar Landmarks Disappear …

  I remember Harrison Street. If you asked me, I could draw you a detailed map of it. The first feature on my drawing would be the little hill in front of our house. The hill would be small enough … Continue reading

family, writing , , , , ,

Journal Jottings on a Coup d’état

  I have stacks of steno notebooks, a.k.a., my journals. Writing in them has been my way of paying attention to the world around me and saving my observations for the future. In recent years I haven’t been journaling much. … Continue reading

books, expatriate life, Philippines, Tiger Tail Soup, writing , , , , , , ,

What Writers Can Learn from a Carpenter’s Workshop.

Writers like to show pictures of their work spaces–their shiny or messy desks, comfy or straight chairs, desktop or laptop computers, bookshelves filled with books, plants, and personally meaningful knickknacks. According to Virginia Woolfe every writer’s room ought to have … Continue reading

books, Creativity, family, 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

movies, writing , , , , , ,

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

books, historical fiction, writing , , , , , , , , ,

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

book reviews, books, historical fiction, writing , , , , , , , , , ,

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

family, photography, travel, writing , , , , , , , , , ,

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

blogging, photography, travel, writing , , , , , , , , ,

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

family, holidays, writing , , , , , , , , , , ,