Since Election Day, or really, the morning after the election, when I woke up to a new reality, I have had a difficult time settling down to write. Partly this is due to the agitation I feel, a generalized sense that bad things are happening. That worse things will happen. This fear fuels my knitting, which calms me with simple, repetitive motions, and my cooking, which has its own dance of repetitive motions and at the same time fills the house with the comforting smells of onions caramelizing on the stove, squash cooking in the oven. My grandchildren have benefited with a slew of new sweaters, my husband has been served an array of new meals, and I have generally kept myself sane. But I have not been writing.Read More
writing: is the personal political?
getting to new work
I took the last week off, catching up on movies and books, indulging in some wonderful meals, here and elsewhere, enjoying Read More
Am I a Jewish Writer?
Here's my interview with Jody Carr for her series of Jewish writers interviews, published on Carr Talks.
If you hadn’t been a writer, what would you have been?
At one point I took my law boards and applied to law school. It’s strange to think
Tomatoes and the Writing Habit
I know how I should be writing: each day, day after day, so the words accumulate at a steady pace, so my writing mind gets into a groove. For years at a stretch, when my kids were little, I wrote every morning from the moment they went off to school till the minute theyRead More
What I Read--and Didn't Write--This Summer
Summer. With time to read. And time to write. What a relief after the busy-ness of the school year, when I'm trying to balance teaching with my own reading and writing. I had high hopes for this summer. I planned to spend uninterrupted hours reading the poetry books and journals that were piling upRead More