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posted on: Apr 23 2013

Dear Sirs, Please Tell Us What’s Wrong

  Before anyone gets up in arms about what I'm going to say, please consider that I address this commentary to the very small number of men who lose it every year and shoot people dead.  It's always men, isn't it?  A comedian once asked, "Have...

posted on: Apr 19 2013

A Surveillance Society

We live in a free society, more or less.  We come and go without restriction or interference, unless we're getting on an airplane and find ourselves suddenly in the undignified stance of padding shoeless through an x-ray machine.  Our movements are observed, though, via cameras,...

posted on: Apr 14 2013

Maybe a Feminist After All

I'm not a political person. That doesn't mean I have no interest in politics, just that I don't see the world purely in political terms. Some do. A writer whose name I can't recall said that all writing, one way or another, is political writing....

posted on: Apr 11 2013

Beauty, Elegance, and Grace

I seem to drive a lot between Seattle and Olympia these days – and for those of you unfamiliar with our state, Olympia is the capital, and it's also home the Evergreen State College where both of my children go to school. My son has...

posted on: Apr 08 2013

Spend and Spend Well

When I started writing and sending out my stories for consideration, they went in envelopes that took a lot of stamps. Then journals accepted submissions by email, and I save a lot of money, even when a small reading fee was charged. The...

posted on: Mar 10 2013

Taking The Plunge

Well I've done what I once swore I'd NEVER EVER do – I self-published. I'm old enough so that the archaic term "vanity press" still resonates.  Oh, how we used to disdain those desperate, third-rate, talentless writers who had to stoop so low just to get...

posted on: Feb 14 2013


This companion piece appeared along with my story, "The Professor," in the debut issue of Souvenir on Valentine's Day 2013.   107 Oak Hill Place. That's the address of the fictional home in my story, "The Professor."  The house stood at the end of a small cul-de-sac.  Built...

posted on: Jan 28 2013

Language is A Living Thing

These days, as the anniversary of her death approaches, I think often of my mother.  A professor of literature, with a PhD from Harvard, her presence was intimidating.  She could read in six languages: French, English, Latin, Greek, Italian, and German.  She had little patience...

posted on: Jan 21 2013

On This Inauguration Day

New beginnings, renewed hope and energy.  A steadfast commitment to the years ahead and to the work they will require.  I think of all these things on this inauguration day.  As a writer, my thoughts turn to my chosen profession, and its particular challenges –...