Poetry, Writing, and Mother’s Day

Crammed between art catalogues and magazines on the bookcase in our living room sat a battered clothbound book during my childhood. Titled, The Combined Louis Untermeyer edition of Modern British and Modern American poetry, it belonged to my mother. Her scribbled notes in faint pencil decorated the margins and each time she’d pull it outContinue reading “Poetry, Writing, and Mother’s Day”

How to Plant a Spring Garden When You Really Are Not a Gardener

Spring. Planting time. Knees a little soggy from kneeling in the grass, I’ve been working in the garden.  This morning, my husband and I took a long walk downtown to Annapolis City Dock and then threaded our way through our town’s historic neighborhoods admiring flowers, ferns, trees. We really do live in a beautiful place andContinue reading “How to Plant a Spring Garden When You Really Are Not a Gardener”

The Plague by Albert Camus Teaches Valuable Lessons

 This week in between listening to news clips reporting on the Derek Chauvin trial and the events surrounding the death of Daunte Wright, I’ve been thinking about the difference between action and intent. Millions of us have watched portions of the video showing Chauvin, the police officer, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. We witnessed theContinue reading “The Plague by Albert Camus Teaches Valuable Lessons”

Easter 2021 Helps Redefine Normal

We’re just on the cusp of returning to the world we left in Spring 2019, only it’s not going to be quite the same world.

To Blog or Not to Blog? What You Can Learn From Blogging

If I gear my format and content towards making false promises of fortune, fame, instant health or happiness where is the artistic fulfilment? I’m blogging to communicate what’s on my mind.

Hill Street Blues Still Relevant in 2021

 “Do you remember Hill Street Blues?” A few weeks ago, my husband Peter and I  were reminiscing about old TV shows.  Both of us agreed, Hill Street Blues was one of our favorites. Our conversation jumped to the characters: the unruffled police captain Frank Furillo, level headed detective Neal Washington, and the articulate sergeant Esterhaus who concludes eachContinue reading “Hill Street Blues Still Relevant in 2021”

The British Royals, Race, and Bridgerton

One topic of discussion explored in the March 7th Oprah Winfrey interview was how Meghan and Harry felt about the British Royal family’s attitude towards race.

Books. Placing Words on the Page. March Reading Suggestions.

Girl, Woman, Other, a novel by Bernadine Evaristo, opens up new ways to approach narrative structure on the page by eliminating traditional sentences.

Now That We’ve Got the Vaccine —When Will Normal Return?

We’ve almost achieved a Covid-19 vaccination rate of 15% in the United States. Each day I see more and more postings on Facebook, friends sharing their elation at receiving their first dose of either the Moderna or Pzfizer vaccine. Many people in the approved groups are still waiting their turn and growing frustrated, while IContinue reading “Now That We’ve Got the Vaccine —When Will Normal Return?”

How Does a 21st Century Artist Measure Success?

ARTISTS– How much energy do you want to put into self-promotion ? How much energy do you want to put in creating your art?

What Does the Weather Have to Do with Conspiracy Theories?

The weather, regardless of political affiliation, is something that we can all agree on once it happens.

We Can Predict Snowfall, but Can We Predict Where the Virus will Travel Next?

Everyone’s fear of infection, reminds me of some of those movie scenes when the heroine is barricading the door to prevent the zombies from breaking into her house. We all now have stories about the time we thought we’d been exposed to the virus, and our travails to await test results. Our world feels illogical.

How to Get Published

It doesn’t matter how wonderful and perfect your submitted work may be, prepare yourself to be rejected. Every magazine has a different idea of what they think is good and what they want to print.

Welcome to Banana Republic USA, Previously Known as the United States of America

This is how we appeared to the world. A country in chaos… Economic monopolies that steer all the profits into the pockets of the ruling class is a primary characteristic of a Banana Republic.

One American’s 2020 Recap

This past year has made me painfully aware of just how old I am.