Sheltering-in-Place, part 2

Greetings to everyone who is sheltering in place as I am.  How are you?  I am fine.  There are many things we could complain about—and if that’s what you want to do, go ahead and vent in the comments section.  I personally have little to grouse about these days.  I am retired so I don’t … Continue reading Sheltering-in-Place, part 2

Outgrown

Helen followed her older sisters from the kitchen to the family room.  To anyone else, her sisters were unremarkable in size and form, but Helen saw herself reflected in the width of their hips, the pronounced shape of ankle and calf, the length of their necks.  Blair and Bianca strolled comfortably together, shoulder to shoulder, … Continue reading Outgrown

Little Fires Everywhere, a consideration of race and class in America

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a well-written, topical book, an engrossing read, and the basis for a brand-new series starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon on Hulu.  I want to tell you what I think about it, but let’s face it, I’m sure you can go online or pick up a TV guide … Continue reading Little Fires Everywhere, a consideration of race and class in America

Loving Harvey: some Christmas musings

I wrote and published this piece six years ago, shortly after the death of a close friend.  I came across it this week, and honestly, I'd forgotten that I wrote this as a Christmas meditation.  The idea of surprise is becoming a theme for me this December.  Life deals us all some pretty unpleasant surprises … Continue reading Loving Harvey: some Christmas musings

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Hey, it's getting cold and rainy here:  perfect time to take refuge in books!  Enjoy! My edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God had plenty of literary and historical notes both fore and aft, but I’ll admit I got impatient and just started in on the novel itself.  I will tell you that the editors … Continue reading Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Varina by Charles Frazier, a review

Varina is a beautiful book, because Charles Frazier writes some of the most beautiful, lyrical sentences of any author writing prose today.  His words force the reader to slow down and savor every lovely description, to open oneself to the metaphors and allegories hidden within. And yet, the book made me uncomfortable. I don’t know … Continue reading Varina by Charles Frazier, a review

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (a book review)

Warning:  spoilers ahead.  I’ll wave a red flag when we get close, but stay alert. This book made me very sad.  I don’t know why I’m surprised, it’s right there in the tittle. It’s not that I can’t handle sad—I mean, I’ve never missed an episode ofThis Is Us.  But this book made me feel sad … Continue reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (a book review)

The Humor of Everyday Life

Prompts:  Still a vigorous man, three doors where your life is headed, work clothes come off,   modern attachments, the French was on the boards, ride my indoor bike, mosaics with flowers, part of the humor of everyday life  Madelaine sat in a straight-backed chair, arranging the broken pieces of crockery into a pleasing design on … Continue reading The Humor of Everyday Life

Kittens for Christmas

I wrote this a year ago when my cats were just babies.  They’re much more disciplined now—ha! I was sitting on the toilet a half hour ago, getting a clear view of the leather belt I slipped through my denim belt loops this morning, and I noticed it—kitten teeth marks on the end of my … Continue reading Kittens for Christmas