Archive for December 2016

Shirley Jackson Wrote Chick Lit from Hell, and It Was Unforgettable

This month marks the centennial of the birth of Shirley Jackson, one of the best American writers most people have never heard of. If she is remembered at all it is for “The Lottery,” but she contributed so much more to contemporary literature than that one, profoundly disturbing short story. If you’ve never read “The... Read more »

Remembering a Special Mom, Twenty Years Gone

This week is twenty years since I lost my mom. She passed away the day after Thanksgiving 1996. I think about her all the time, but especially in late November, when the last leaves of autumn cling to the trees and the days grow shorter. They say we don’t fully appreciate our parents and the... Read more »