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TRAVEL AS LOVE

Young people, and especially our children, can revive our capacity for wonder at the world and a sense of intimate connection to it. I felt closer to the landscape because I saw my daughter come alive to it with an … Continue reading

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A REVIEW OF “SOMEONE” BY ALICE MCDERMOTT

To read this novel is to feel the wonder of life anew and to become, however momentarily, a better person. It’s been said that women’s novels have great characters but that they never do anything. That depends on what you … Continue reading

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WHEN A BROTHER DIES

“Even siblings we don’t see, who live differently from us, who move in their own world, may be shoring up our lives, our sense of family, our feeling of being at home in the world without our knowing it.” Two … Continue reading

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A VALENTINE FOR MY GAY EX-HUSBAND

There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.  Jane Austen, private letters.   I met him in graduate school during the early sixties, the kind of smart, studious young man I‘d always been drawn to … Continue reading

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MY TRIP TO PITCH FEST

It’s walking through one door that enables you to try the next. While writing a blog about “retirement as an open door,” I decided this August to attend a Screenwriters Conference in Los Angeles and, despite my reluctance to embarrass … Continue reading

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SHE WRITES/SHE READS: WOMEN AND THE NEW WORLD OF PUBLISHING

The question of who gets to be a story teller and of whose stories are read and acknowledged is crucial–not just for women, but for men and for the way civil society as a whole is constructed. The “She Writes” … Continue reading

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RETIREMENT AS AN OPEN DOOR

“The door is only a door. It makes no promises.” Earlier today I read about a screenwriting conference to be held mid-August in Los Angeles.  The conference will include the usual workshops, speakers, and panels along with a “pitch slam”–a … Continue reading

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PEARS IN RED WINE

In memory of my dear friend, Mary, the magical “Claire” of my memoir who died Sunday, June 15, of a brain tumor, I am re-posting this chapter from my memoir, Tasting Home. Before I entered the women’s group at Penn, … Continue reading

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SHE WRITES/SHE READS: WOMEN AND THE NEW WORLD OF PUBLISHING

With Authors Judith Newton, Jessica Levine, and Rossandra White May 17 – 7:30 PM  • The Avid Reader • 617 Second Street • Davis, CA 95616  •  (530)  758-4040  May 17th at 7:30 p.m., the Avid Reader bookstore in Davis … Continue reading

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CRUISING

“The more expensive staterooms on ship came with butlers. The very idea of a butler made us break into a sweat.” I’ve been meaning to write about cruising for a long time.  Cruises are great when previous trips have made … Continue reading

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