The Goldfinch, a book review

This review is a little long, but there's a surprise at the bottom of the post!  If you don't have time for reading, at least scroll down there. . . The first thing you’ll notice about The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is that it’s a big book, 771 pages worth.  If you’ve got the hardbound … Continue reading The Goldfinch, a book review

The Marine Mammal Center

Thirty-something years ago, I was hiking with friends in the Marin Headlands when we came across a cyclone fence enclosing a small yard.  Inside the yard were two or three Doughboy-like pools with seals and sea lions in them.  Some friendly signs explained that this was the yard of the Marine Mammal Center, a non-profit … Continue reading The Marine Mammal Center

Happy Birthday, USA

This is a re-run from the early days of this blog, but still topical and seasonal.  Enjoy! I pledge allegiance to this sand and gravel road that runs between the river and my house, clumps of California poppies rangy stalks of fragrant fennel burgeoning fig trees that grow wild on the river bank.   I pledge … Continue reading Happy Birthday, USA

Summer Reading: a few cryptic reviews (no spoilers!)

Every summer I go in search of a book I can fall in love with.  A book that will capture my imagination with poetic language, fascinating characters, and a compelling story.  A book I can’t put down. As the weather warmed, and I became too lazy to get off the couch, the first book I … Continue reading Summer Reading: a few cryptic reviews (no spoilers!)

Just Like Romeo and Juliet

Written with my Thursday night group with the prompts:  garbage day is his marker in time (yes, that really was the prompt!), still making that noise, a perfect summer day, lost in the moment, and she lets me know she cares for me when she sinks her teeth in my ankle (that last phrase may … Continue reading Just Like Romeo and Juliet

New Book!

Greetings Blogosphere! I am excited to announce that I am releasing another book, a brief collection of short short stories (aka "flash fiction") and essays.  It's called Wild Imaginings. Currently Wild Imaginings is available only as an E-Book for you to download onto your Kindle, Nook, tablet, computer or other device (even the one you're reading … Continue reading New Book!

The Changing Dreamscape

Ursula LeGuin wrote an amazing book called The Word for World is Forest back in 1972.  A friend gave it to me sometime in the 80s and it has haunted me ever since.  It’s something of an allegorical tale:  humans head off to exploit the fictional planet Athshe—to kill the men, rape the women, and … Continue reading The Changing Dreamscape

God of the Starling, God of the Murmuration

Easter is very late and yet it snuck up on me this year.  I seem to have left the Church and surprisingly, I don’t miss it.  I often say to friends that if I’d intended to leave Catholicism for logical reasons, I would have done it decades ago.  No, I left because I became too … Continue reading God of the Starling, God of the Murmuration

Meditation on an Advent Wreath

Written with my Tuesday group with the prompt:  traditions that become oppressive! Long ago, in the pagan cultures of the far north, work and travel were severely limited by cold and snow as days grew shorter.  Farmers and their families would remove a wheel from their carts as a sign of surrender to the great … Continue reading Meditation on an Advent Wreath

The Elf on the Ledge (copyright pending)

One day, before our writing practice, most everyone in the writing circle professed ignorance of the modern tradition called “The Elf on the Shelf.”  Although I am no expert either, I found myself compelled to write the following. The elf appears mysteriously on a shelf in homes where parents deign to invite him in.  “This … Continue reading The Elf on the Ledge (copyright pending)