17 Aug, 2018

Why Handwritten Get Well Cards Are Special

August 17th, 2018|Tags: , |

I have blogged before about the special magic of handwritten letters and postcards. But now that I am recovering from hip surgery and have been largely housebound, I discovered just how [...]

22 May, 2016

The Birthday of a Lost Friend

May 22nd, 2016|Tags: |

Today is the birthday of a former friend. Some dates are seared into my memory, and this is one of them. Perhaps because this friendship reached the furthest back in [...]

28 May, 2015

A Picnic in Hemingway’s Attic

May 28th, 2015|Tags: , , |

What could be more perfect than a bunch of writer friends holding a picnic in the attic of the Hemingway Birthplace Home? Where the gabled windows look out at the [...]

10 Feb, 2014

The Bookshelves of Others

February 10th, 2014|Tags: , , |

The bookshelves of other people are fascinating. What do they tell you? When I'm invited to other people's homes, I appreciate when one of the rooms I get to be in [...]

7 Oct, 2013

Writing about Real People

October 7th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Writing about real people, especially family, is probably the number 1 issue writers of personal stories worry about. But it is not just an issue for nonfiction writers... In my [...]

22 Jun, 2013

A Gift for the Fellow

June 22nd, 2013|Tags: |

For the duration of her workshop in Literary Nonfiction at the Kenyon Writers Workshop, Rebecca McClanahan had the following rule: If you apologized for your writing before you started reading, [...]

20 May, 2013

On Having a Friend Visit

May 20th, 2013|Tags: |

Scan of an old University of Chicago postcard - to me it epitomizes friendship One of my very best and oldest friends (in the sense that we have been friends [...]

12 Mar, 2013

On Belonging to a Group

March 12th, 2013|Tags: |

How could you not feel elegant under this chandelier? Ballroom of the Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago, where the concert was held. Lately I've been thinking a lot about the [...]

10 Jan, 2013

What’s Left of a Friendship

January 10th, 2013|Tags: , |

In my current quest to get stuff done around the house, I hung up this crystal again. For years it hung in the southern sun porch window, and the kids [...]

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