25 Oct, 2019

“When the Leaves Drift” – the Perfect Time to Share my Favorite Poem, Autumn Day, by Rainer Maria Rilke

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One of my favorite stretches through the woods I have been out in the country, reveling in the glory of autumn. The fall foliage spectacle is on full display on [...]

28 Sep, 2018

Summer Apples

September 28th, 2018|Tags: , |

This is the time of year when I used to go apple picking with my kids. Alas, they've all flown the nest, and the one day my daughter and I [...]

1 Feb, 2016

The Gift of a Poetry Reading

February 1st, 2016|Tags: , , |

Yesterday I treated myself: I went to a poetry reading. Normally, I am loath to schlep up to the north side of the city on a Sunday afternoon, but it [...]

24 Nov, 2015

Winter Break In

November 24th, 2015|Tags: , |

    We had a winter break in this past weekend. I know this is not the proper use of the English term "break in;" rather, it is a literal [...]

5 Feb, 2015

Today and Tomorrow

February 5th, 2015|Tags: , |

  Today is... ... the undulating blue of the mountains against the bright of the sky ... the dusting of snow on the summits ... the road swinging up the [...]

24 Jun, 2013

Crows – a Haiku

June 24th, 2013|Tags: , |

Crows on parapet Ordinary enough, right? Except they don't move. Today is the Blogathon's Haiku Day, meaning you can try to your hand at this originally Japanese form of poetry, [...]

22 Nov, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , |

Ceramic turkey made by my daughter I was going to make a list of all the things I am thankful for, but there are simply too many, and I am, [...]

31 Oct, 2012

Poem: Trick or Treat by Nancy Price

October 31st, 2012|Tags: , |

Our jack o'lanterns last year Ted Kooser's weekly email column American Life in Poetry is my favorite way of getting a dose of poetry. Not only does his taste agree [...]

11 Jun, 2012

Literary Magazine Layout

June 11th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The past few days I've become obsessed with creating a book in blurb, as I am handling the layout of the literary magazine my son's school is publishing. It's been [...]

25 May, 2012

Poem: Miracles by Walt Whitman

May 25th, 2012|Tags: |

I've been meaning to feature more poetry on my blog, so, since I'm awfully busy today, here's a favorite: Miracles by Walt Whitman Why, who makes much of a miracle? [...]

4 May, 2012

The Poetry Garage

May 4th, 2012|Tags: , |

We had been parking at the 201 West Madison Self Park in downtown Chicago for years, when all of a sudden, pretty much exactly a year ago, it turned into "The Poetry Garage." [...]

26 Apr, 2012

Poem in your Pocket

April 26th, 2012|Tags: |

Today is Poem in your Pocket Day - thankfully my daily email from poets.org alerted me to that yesterday, and of course that got me thinking that this would be a [...]

18 Jan, 2012

Green Eggs & Ham: A Story with 50 Words

January 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

These days, in the age of soundbites, we challenge ourselves to tell stories in no more than 140 characters (on Twitter), or no more than six words (see the Six [...]

8 Jan, 2012

Dr. Seuss’s Creative Process

January 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Christmas Around the World exhibit also wrapped up today. Fittingly, the Great Hall with the big Christmas Tree was decorated with Grinch posters. Today was the last day of [...]

30 Nov, 2011

My Favorite Poem: Herbsttag by Rainer Maria Rilke

November 30th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of November, high time to share with you my favorite poem, Herbsttag (Autumn Day) by Rainer Maria Rilke. Many of you probably know him as [...]

28 Jun, 2011

Read to Write

June 28th, 2011|Tags: , , |

About a year ago I was discussing where we write with my memoir class. One student, a flight attendant, said that he often wrote on the plane during his break [...]

20 May, 2011

Read the Old Masters to Steer Clear of Period Style

May 20th, 2011|Tags: , |

My greatest insight today from the Queens MFA alumni conference: William Butler Yeats apparently advised a young poet who had sent him some of her poems to read and study [...]

17 May, 2011

Poem Insight by Charles Simic

May 17th, 2011|Tags: |

A poem is a secret shared by people who have never met each other. - Charles Simic I loved this little insight into the power of poetry. Don't need to [...]

10 May, 2011

My First Haiku

May 10th, 2011|Tags: |

I didn't expect to take up today's Blogathon 2011 theme of haiku because I'm not one to write poetry, let alone haiku, but yesterday I had half an hour to [...]

8 May, 2011

Poem: Window Washer

May 8th, 2011|Tags: |

If this poem isn't a study in strong verbs, I don't know what is. It appeared in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry: Column 318: BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET [...]

13 Apr, 2011

Writing About Things

April 13th, 2011|Tags: , |

I received this poem today as part of the poem-a-day initiative by poets.org. The Things By Donald Hall When I walk in my house I see pictures, bought long ago, [...]

7 Apr, 2011

Mary Karr on Writing & Memoir

April 7th, 2011|Tags: |

For all of you who weren't able to attend but would have like to: Here are my notes from the Mary Karr Reading @ the Art Institute of Chicago, April [...]

1 Apr, 2011

Poem A Day

April 1st, 2011|Tags: , , |

Reading poetry is a wonderful way to infuse your mind with the beauty of words, and for me April as National Poetry Month is a good reason to get back into [...]

1 Apr, 2011

Mary Karr @ the Art Institute of Chicago

April 1st, 2011|Tags: |

Mary Karr will be reading at the Art Institute of Chicago next Tuesday, April 5. Attending readings is, I should say, definitely a part of the literary life I thoroughly enjoy [...]

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