Category Archives: Essay

THE POWER OF LOVE

She stands facing the pale, windswept bay, tall and erect as the ancient redwoods poking through the shroud of fog folding over the mountain range behind her. They loom in the distance like a pack of protective brothers, chanting in … Continue reading

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QUID SCRIBAM?

Why do I write? Good question. It’s not because it’s been a passion ever since second grade when Sister Ann Michael praised my poem I WANT TO BE A DOG for its wit, rhyme, and wild imagination, or the inclusion … Continue reading

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#95

Until I was six, I thought Uncle Sally’s name was Who-Gives-A-Sh*t. Everyone called him that – the neighbors, the few friends he had, his business associates, the family – even  his mother, my Nana. She’d hoped the label wouldda’ forced her caro … Continue reading

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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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