Archive for October 2019

In memoriam

In memoriam
My mother died 27 years ago today, on October 14, 1992. She was 51 years old and she often told us that she didn’t want her gravestone to say, “She was a good cook.” Still, she was a good cook. She was an artist. She was a reading teacher. She was a reader. She was... Read more »

Everyone's a writer and all writers are worthwhile

Many years ago I had to have my car towed. The driver kindly offered to drop me off at the university where I taught. As we drove, he asked, “So what do you teach?” “English, mostly writing courses,” I replied. He mulled this for a minute, and then asked, “But do you really want to?”... Read more »

Feeling welcome in the land of cancer

Feeling welcome in the land of cancer
I am on the shuttle to the Westin in Baltimore. It’s an airport hotel and most everyone headed there is going to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s annual cancer summit. Except for the driver of the shuttle and the other passenger, mysteriously without luggage. The driver asks us about the cancer summit and my neighbor... Read more »
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