A love letter to the coronavirus

If you are looking to get away from thinking about COVID-19, you may want to skip this post. After weeks of trying—and failing—to turn my writing away from the reality we’re all living, I decided to confront it directly. Doing so has helped clear a space for focusing on other things. Is it a love... Continue Reading →

Four odes in prose

I wrote four odes this week, after promising to write one a week, so technically I'm off the hook for the rest of the month. But don't be surprised if you hear from me again before March is over. To the public health officials Did you imagine this challenge when you signed up for this,... Continue Reading →

Screen diversions: no reading required

Are you excited to wake up every morning and hear the news? Do you believe all is right with the world, everything is on track, and we are all one big happy family? [Rhetorical questions.] As an antidote, I thought I'd share some entertainment. No politics, musing about the world of book publishing, or existential... Continue Reading →

Don’t be a Hallo-weenie*

Come now—just because your kids are grown doesn't mean you have to be a curmudgeon about Halloween. There will be plenty of little ones trooping by. You can ooh and ahh over the pirates and dragons and corrupt them with sugar. *Sorry, I couldn't resist. Hats off to my dad, who loved puns. Read and... Continue Reading →

Astronomical diversions will eclipse you

If you were expecting information about Monday's solar eclipse, you will be partially disappointed. I won't be in the path of totality so I can't give you 100 percent. You'll have to settle for 76. Unfortunately for science geeks and eclipse-chasers, the trivial has eclipsed the awe-inspiring. I refer to recent and continuing political events.... Continue Reading →

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