Essay over at The ManifestStation site

Deeply grateful to Jennifer Pastiloff for publishing my essay, “Waiting for the Grassy Drop”

Essay over at The ManifestStation site

Deeply grateful to Jennifer Pastiloff for publishing my essay, “Waiting for the Grassy Drop”

Sunday’s routine is Mass, roast lamb with mint sauce, afternoon spreading mulch on the roses, and in the evening a decade of the Rosary, kneeling face to the wall, the television set cold and brooding behind our backs. Mouth the words, the Hail Mary’s fall into line after one another, the Our Father, and a Hail Holy Queen round the evening out. A word out of place, a disruption of the sacred…

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For Jeanne Leiby, three years on.
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For Jeanne Leiby, three years on.

Today is the anniversary of my friend and mentor, Jeanne Leiby’s death. I’ve got little to say, except that her loss is felt deeply by me, and I think of her often. Yesterday I read her story, “Viking Burial” to my 10th grade students and spoke of her loss. We’re reading Camus and speaking of big issues, and death is at the forefront of my mind these past weeks, for numerous reasons. Little to be…

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On first looking into Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude

I was 21 when I first encountered Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude, and it was loaned to me by my tennis friend, Joseph O’Dwyer. He’d returned from America, where he was playing tennis on scholarship at North Kentucky University, and all his talk was of Bolivian Marching Powder, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.”

“You’ve got to read this,” he told me, just…

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My Writing Process

Today I’m taking part in the #MyWritingProcessTour. It’s so interesting and instructive to see how other writers go about their work. My friend and Press 53 fellow, Bonnie ZoBell, nominated me.  Her book, What Happened Hereis an engrossing, brilliant book about fictional people and events centered on the actual Pacific Southwest Airlines disaster of 1978 that took place in the North Park district…

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lawofdiminishedreturnsday’s childe

cups of coffee: 3 parent phone calls: 2 days to birthday: 66 pages written: 2 magnolia seeds on desk: 1…

lawofdiminishedreturnsday’s childe

cups of coffee: 3 parent phone calls: 2 days to birthday: 66 pages written: 2 magnolia seeds on desk: 1…