Memoir, Reviews

Tracy Seeley on choosing to love where we live

“Recovering my fluency in Kansas things, I talked recipes, quilts, and weather with some people, books and poetry with others. I met populists and democrats, poets and farmers, Lutherans and agnostics, and a lot of people who not only loved where they lived but had chosen it.” Tracy Seeley How to be at home “How… Continue reading Tracy Seeley on choosing to love where we live

Poetry, Reviews

New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on How to Explore Poetry’s Strange Terrain

"Language as a tool to manipulate both mind and heart...snapshot of the human condition; of our mortality reflected in nature; the staying of time." Alice B. Fogel Why poetry matters "Poetry will bring you significant new interactions with the world around you, with ideas and sensations, with yourself and others," poet Alice B. Fogel wrote… Continue reading New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel on How to Explore Poetry’s Strange Terrain

Essay

Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things and Democracy

Did you ever try to write a poem attempting to capture a mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart encounter, sitting up half the night conversing with a brilliant person / kindred spirit, your heart bursting with a sensation of music, moonlight and the mystery of existence all mingled together? Don't bother; it's impossible to put into words. I've recently been savoring essays… Continue reading Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things and Democracy

Essay

Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.

It's been 16 months --almost the duration of two full-term-pregnancies--since I left the blogosphere. It's been an Beyond the Looking Glass wild kind of adventure. Please forgive my mysterious non-disclosure about the details behind my disappearance. I'm keeping them quiet for 2 reasons: It's too freshly painful to recount sensibly and sensitively--memoir needs a lens of distance to achieve objectivity; And more… Continue reading Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.

Memoir

How to travel the world through books and food: I went to Tibet with Sabriye Tenberken

Have you read a book that compelled you food to sample the food described, or tasted a new cuisine to enrich your understanding of a story? I went to Tibet with Sabriye Tenberken...