5Jan, 2018

On Going to the Store

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I can't believe I'm about to write a blog post advocating going to the store. I am not much of a shopper. I quickly get mental overload at any kind of mall, and I don't particularly like schlepping from one store to the next. My problem, according to my daughter, is that I tend to look for something specific when [...]

28Dec, 2017

The Artist & Writer’s Workbook 2018

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The Artist & Writer's Workbook 2018 is here! Available as a free download if you sign up for my newsletter! (All my subscribers have already received it.) This year's title image features the train tracks that run by Walden Pond, close to where Henry Thoreau's cabin used to stand. I took it when I hiked around there with my daughter [...]

14Dec, 2017

12/12/17 – Marking an Ordinary Day

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Today I'm picking up the practice of creating a time capsule of one ordinary day, namely December 12, begun back on 12/12/12 when that was simply one cool date. I discovered I lapsed on this the last two years but I wanted to do it again this year as it's just fun to capture one particular date every year and [...]

7Dec, 2017

Dead People’s Stuff

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With my brother-in-law's recent death, the topic of dealing with all the things the deceased leave behind has become center stage again for my husband and me. Incidentally, just prior to that, I wrote an essay for Sasson Magazine about my love for some of the things I inherited from loved ones. This essay was the result of a discussion [...]

30Nov, 2017

Book Companion Post: Writing About Family

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My last visit with my brother-in-law Louis this summer As a memoir writer and particularly as the author of a family memoir, I am often asked how my family reacted to being written about (see one example here). As a teacher of memoir writing, I have a definite take on this, and I summed that up in Writing About [...]

16Nov, 2017

The Joy of Learning to Read

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My daughter wearing one of the hats I knitted for her after I learned to read American knitting patterns. I just began a new knitting project the other day--a hat for my brother--and it occurred to me that only a few years ago, I had not been able to interpret American knitting patterns. I learned to knit and crochet in [...]

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