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anniversary poem

March 31, 2014

I’m not a poet, but I am a fool for love. Happy anniversary, dear husband. Rule-breaking Ghazal for Christopher   Gardens grow where we intend, I and thou— Plants and cells divide portending two.   Spade in dirt, feet dark with soil, My heart I—kneeling, bending—threw.   You fled when autumn came, All gelid winter […]

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On Writing Letters

March 14, 2014

This piece was published one year ago in The Public Humanist: For years I wrote letters. “Have you ever heard of The Collected Phone Calls of Gertrude Stein?” Rita Mae Brown says in Starting from Scratch. “Writers should learn to write letters and save the telephone for business.” I took her words to heart. Not […]

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read. write more letters. revive.

March 14, 2013

In The Public Humanist today, I proselytize and opine on the importance of writing letters. If you need more convincing, consider Sylvia Townsend Warner’s comment, in a letter to her beloved correspondent William Maxwell, on the death of another treasured correspondent: “I feel that I am on less intimate terms with myself since I can […]

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flowers in winter (window ledge in the atom age)

February 10, 2011

Fresh flowers for weeks in winter for only a few dollars = forced narcissus bulbs = paper whites. Why? To remind us that under the earth all is not dead; spring will come, the grass will grow, flowers will bloom again. Find the bulbs at florists, garden and farm supply stores, sometimes even at the […]

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Fix it yourself (and translate it yourself)

November 4, 2010

It’s been an autumn of breakage: glassware, appliances large and small, the exhaust on a car, one of the heaters, light bulbs fizzling out in every direction, a couple of hard drives. The toilet handle was only the latest thing to go, and my husband, with a sigh of resignation, started to dial the plumber. […]

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