Category Archives: Essay

NIGHTMARE ON UNTER DEN LINDEN – A Banned Books Week Tribute

It’s somehow fitting. The sweeping square is shrouded in silence, but for the dime-size drops of rain slapping the neatly laid cobbled stones under my feet. The typically bustling quad is empty too, except for the line of  bicycles strung … Continue reading

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GOOD MUSE HUNTING

Esteemed author Jane Yolen is well-known for sharing one secret in particular with regard to her productivity, and that’s – BIC – putting your Butt In Chair. Choose the time, the place, and show up. It’s where you need to be so that the muse can … Continue reading

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SERMERSSUAQ UKARPALUGPOQ-An Earth Day Tribute

She weeps. She cries. She howls. She sighs at man’s inability to use his knowledge wisely. Sermerssuaq The Big Ice Greenland’s ice cap. Tropical blue melt-water lakes the size of small countries rest upon Mother Earth’s head. Creaking from their weight,

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FIRST PERSON, PRESENT, TENSE

No. The commas are in the right place. I’m here. Alone. Now. And this is a tense moment. While I’m staring down at the narrow, dirt trail and maneuvering a mine field of rocks, roots, stone outcroppings, AND an occasional hilltop inhabitant catching a few rays I’m … Continue reading

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BLURRED VISIONS

It’s a black and white day – fitting for a journey to the past where yesterday easily blurrs with today where peering through dilapidated windows throws a muddied light 

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IN CELEBRATION

When my writers’ group, which I still fondly refer to as Seven Chicks On A Sunday Afternoon, decided that we needed a name, the Write Now Salon was born. The WriNoS (wait till they hear that one) gather once a month and party free write to champagne prompts … Continue reading

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WORDSMITH 101*

Welcome to Wordsmith 101. In much the same way as a personal trainer’s fortitude and determination sculpts slabs of sagging flesh into taught, defined muscle and the swordsmith’s attention to detail forges a molten lump of steel into a keen, sturdy blade, so does a wordsmith wield the … Continue reading

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