8 Aug, 2016

Favorite Taste

August 8th, 2016|Tags: |

{August Break 8/8/16: Favorite Taste} There are lots of tastes I love but there's only one I miss when I'm away from home for a while: the taste of my [...]

5 May, 2016

Writing Exericse: A Startling Sound

May 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever been startled by a sound you had never heard before? Stopped in your tracks, wondering what the hell was going on? Felice Benuzzi's unique adventure memoir No [...]

25 Nov, 2015

The Smells of Fall

November 25th, 2015|Tags: , , |

There's no denying that we are at the tail end of fall here in the Midwest--the temperature dips below the freezing at night, the trees are almost bare, and the [...]

10 Jan, 2014

The Sounds of Winter

January 10th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Chicago winter - late afternoon yesterday outside my building We've emerged from subzero temperatures here in Chicago, but as winter has gripped the outside with ample snow, treacherous streets and salty [...]

18 May, 2012

Paper Passion Perfume

May 18th, 2012|Tags: |

I once asked my creative writing students to bring an object to class for its smell - we passed them around to sniff and try to describe their scents. One [...]

5 Oct, 2011

What’s in your Pocket?

October 5th, 2011|Tags: , |

Blogging, I have realized, is also a journey of self discovery, of appreciating that perhaps the most ordinary things really aren't that ordinary. When I sifted through the spoils from [...]

21 Jun, 2011

Writing Exercise: Smells of Summer

June 21st, 2011|Tags: , , |

Today is the first day of summer, so I was thinking of all the smells that mean summer to me. Smell is purportedly the sense that brings back memories the fastest, [...]

15 Jun, 2011

Writing Exercise: Hot Verbs

June 15th, 2011|Tags: , |

It is raining and thundering again in Chicago this morning, and more wetness and cool temperatures are forecasted for the rest of the day, so I'm feeling rather un-summery and [...]

3 Jun, 2011

Don’t Tell If You’re Going to Show

June 3rd, 2011|Tags: , , |

I often find, in student manuscripts, instances where the writer tells me something, only to go on to show it. And then tells me again what she’s already shown me. [...]

25 May, 2011

Writing Exercise: Sounds of Rain

May 25th, 2011|Tags: , |

View from the window behind my writing couch this morning - see how the water is pouring from the spout? What words to use describe the sound of rain? We had [...]

1 May, 2011

Writing Exercise: Smells of Spring

May 1st, 2011|Tags: , |

Today I cut open a butternut squash for a beef tagine dish I was trying out, and as I scooped the seeds out of its bottom and breathed in its [...]

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