It’s summer, finally. The days are long, the nights are warm and the flowers are blooming. I always spend a lot of time during this season watering the garden and Una, my 14-year-old border collie/blue heeler mix, likes to be there by my side. I’d like to say it’s purely because she loves me, but I […]
“I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.
I’m quite a precise person. In a world of chaos I like a bit of order and good grammar. I spell out my text messages correctly. I punctuate my Tweets. It’s a way of wrangling some verbal control over the world. Imagine two self-help pieces: “How to help someone having a seizure”, and “How to […]
My Watercolor Plus class has been working away on trying to complete a painting a week; each one using a different medium with watercolor. The photo reference for the above painting came from one of my students. Thank you to Dawn! If you enlarge the above painting times three, you will be able to see […]
I mentioned yesterday that the Finger Lakes were formed during the last ice age and are thus quite young: a few tens of thousands of years. But they have company, in the form of a number of spectacular narrow gorges. The best known of these is Watkins Glen at the foot of Seneca Lake. It’s […]
“Tuck me in momma,” she insists sweetly, her blue eyes big behind her glasses, her long, caramel-colored hair tied back for bed. I’m standing against her doorway more out than in. Her bedside table is littered with gum wrappers and tangled hot pink headphones, Catcher in the Rye, its pages curling. The bed is unmade […]
“Today, even before I open my email, my blood pressure spikes thinking of all the requests, problems, and complaints I’m likely to find.” Jane Friedman receives a lot of emails from students, strangers, and aspiring writers — all asking for help and advice. But does she respond?
White feminism has tunnel vision, especially when it comes to reproductive rights.
Today, at around 11:30 am, as I sat working at my desk at home, windows open, birds chirping, a fifty-year-old woman two blocks away came out on the front yard of the four-family flat where she rented an apartment and began firing a pistol into the air and apparently sometimes into parked cars. Police were […]