13 Apr, 2014

Sunday Sentence: China Dreams

April 13th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Another Sunday in which I participate in the Sunday Sentence Project (#SundaySentence on Twitter) "I sat on the floor [...] feeling unfathomably happy at having known a sad man, at [...]

14 Feb, 2014

Leaving Russia

February 14th, 2014|Tags: , , |

With the Winter Olympics currently happening in Sochi, Russia, it fits that my review of Maxim Shrayer's memoir Leaving Russia just appeared in the Jewish Book World. Thanks to this book, I feel [...]

11 Feb, 2014

Writing Down the Bones

February 11th, 2014|Tags: , |

Following up on yesterday's post, The Bookshelves of Others, the book I spotted in the bookcase in my bedroom at VCCA was Natalie Goldberg's classic Writing Down the Bones. I entertained [...]

1 Jan, 2014

Looking Back: My Most Meaningful Read of 2013

January 1st, 2014|Tags: , , |

My most meaningful read of 2013 was, without a doubt, Julia Cameron's The Right to Write. It transformed my understanding of the creative process; it has me writing Morning Pages [...]

17 Nov, 2013

Sunday Sentence

November 17th, 2013|Tags: , |

Another Sunday in which I participate in the Sunday Sentence Project (#SundaySentence on Twitter): "Books don't make a home - they are one, in the sense that just as you do [...]

26 Sep, 2013

Shocked by Patricia Volk

September 26th, 2013|Tags: , |

My review of Patricia Volk's Shocked is my first review of a memoir for the Jewish Book World. I looked forward to this assignment because I have a thing for the French fashion [...]

29 Aug, 2013

When in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings

August 29th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden in Boston, created by Nancy Schön Oh, the power of fiction! Especially children's fiction! It had my kids and me retracing [...]

29 Jul, 2013

How I Found a Most Meaningful Book

July 29th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes it is interesting to retrace where something began, when a meaningful connection was made. My interview with Susannah Conway appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books last week, and [...]

22 Jul, 2013

Why Writers are Fortunate

July 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , |

For our June class, my Advanced Memoir Workshop at StoryStudio Chicago read Rosanne Cash's memoir Composed. It's not the kind of memoir I would have chosen to read myself, but [...]

14 May, 2013

A Salute to Joyce Brothers

May 14th, 2013|Tags: , , |

When I saw the news on my Chicago Tribune homepage last night that Joyce Brothers had died, my heart sank. I never met her, never had an exchange with her, [...]

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