Talking to Famous Authors

Yesterday my interview with Barbara Kingsolver was published at Longreads. I’ve been calling it a Q&A, because that’s how it was structured, but my writing friends have said it’s more like a conversation between two writers about the writing craft. Which is actually what it felt like when we were talking – right down to…

Ford, Kavanaugh, and Women’s Anger

Like many people around the world, I was glued to C-SPAN last Thursday as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford endured a trial-like atmosphere to outline how she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 35 years ago. Also like many people watching, I was aghast at how the proceedings were run, and at Kavanaugh’s…

The Unpolluted Mind

A few weeks ago my husband sent me an article about how many Instagram users are taking the same photos. The standard photo taken through the doorway of a tent. Your hand holding leaves or flowers in the foreground and a beautiful environmental scene in the background. The picture of someone on a suspension bridge…

The Week from Hell

As you may have guessed, this past week wasn’t the greatest. I woke up on Thursday morning (which was supposed to be a swimming morning!) with the right side of my face completely swollen. I went to the Dr., he prescribed Advil and hot compresses and sent me home. Next morning the swelling was even…