Catching Lightning in a Bottle

 I had the good fortune to attend the Writer Unboxed Unconference in Salem, Massachusetts, last week.  WriterUnboxed.com is one of my favorite writing websites, and I think I’ve mentioned it here a time or two. WU offers daily posts on a variety of writing topics, and its 50+ contributors have a wealth of knowledge to... Continue Reading →

Trapped in the Doldrums

As a kid, I loved reading Treasure Island. I was in a fifth-grade reading group, and we worked through the novel together.  We learned a lot of cool terms, including the “doldrums.” Lately, I feel like I’m stuck in that belt of windless waters, just praying for a small breeze. As I noted in last... Continue Reading →

Lengthening Shadows

Here in the U.S., we’re rolling into Labor Day weekend. In a lot of communities, Labor Day marks the end of the summer break for children and teachers. Many call this weekend “the end of summer,” and it will be the last big weekend for travel, hanging out at the beach, and cookouts. While summer... Continue Reading →

Literacy and Storytelling

I’ve been thinking about how writing, storytelling, and literacy intersect (or not) in American culture. For a long time, humans believed we were superior to animals because we were smarter. Then we learned how to measure the intelligence of pigs and dolphins. We assumed a dividing line between humans and animals was the ability to... Continue Reading →

(Mis)Perceptions

About four weeks ago, I had my stylist give me some purple highlights in my hair. It’s the first time I’ve ever colored my hair (if we exclude those hairspray colors used for Halloween or on stage that wash out easily). And I’ve found myself amused and/or bemused by people’s reactions. Most people who commented... Continue Reading →

Not Aging Gracefully

I’m going to rant today. You’ve been warned. The past couple of weeks have presented me with reminders that I’m a square peg in a round-hole world. Most of the time, I take pride in being an oddball. But even though I’m proud that I don’t fit neatly into the world’s categories, that doesn’t always... Continue Reading →

The Cruel Times We Live In

Today’s post will be my most political in a while. Effective today, April 12, 2019, the Trump Administration bans all transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military. (GLAAD debunks GOP myths about this ban here.) According to GLAAD, the LGBTQ media resource group, over 13,000 troops currently on active duty will be affected by... Continue Reading →

A Labor of Love

Yesterday, I had an interview for a volunteer editing position. I’d be working one or two hours a week helping sort the submissions to a literary ‘zine. I’m excited that I made it to the phone interview stage. I’d love to get experience actually publishing a journal or ‘zine, and this position would be a... Continue Reading →

What Happened to Our Ambition?

I saw the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” this week. I won't go into the film's flaws or how it mishandled the timeline of Freddie’s life. The film's ending focused on Queen's performance at Live Aid. The concert took place in July 1985, and I was in junior high. I remember watching Live Aid with my mother.... Continue Reading →

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