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…

sunbehindhillsday’s childe

bloody marys: 1 cups of coffee: 3 days to easter: 7 mugs on desk: 1 cash in pocket: $20…

sunbehindhillsday’s childe

bloody marys: 1 cups of coffee: 3 days to easter: 7 mugs on desk: 1 cash in pocket: $20…

thistownscominglikeaghosttownsday’s childe

cups of coffee: 3

lattes: 1

days until unemployment: 57

cash in  pocket: $0

electrical sockets in view: 6

wheels on car: 4

holes in my ozone layer: 33

windows in room: 23

 

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toobloodytruesday’s childe

undiscovered rejections: 2 essays almost written: 1 days to unemployment: 59 messy desk areas: 1 seals spotted in ocean: 1…

toobloodytruesday’s childe

undiscovered rejections: 2 essays almost written: 1 days to unemployment: 59 messy desk areas: 1 seals spotted in ocean: 1…

stunthecoyotesday's childe