Light

On days when humanity feels small, violent, afraid; when we are killing each other, here and in other countries; when we are stripping each other of our rights; poisoning and raping our children; when it hurts so much to think about who we have lost, who we have...

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Tribute

Yesterday, I was on my way to a meeting about the college process for my high school junior when a different experience presented itself.  The man sitting across from me on the subway - seemingly intoxicated, bag in a bottle, belt loops tied together to keep his pants...

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Healing

Just came back from Vermont, where I did a number of readings with Rachel Pollack's Shining Tribe Tarot, and this card, the Five of Stones, came up several times.  It meant, variously, You are healed; Healing is coming; Embrace your role as a healer; and Aspects of...

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Revision

As I sit in my new office working with my advisees at Goddard, revision is on everyone's mind. My colleague, Elena Georgiou, says revision is what separates the women from the girls, and years into my third and fourth books, I can claim my full womanhood.  Revision is...

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One Billion Rising

One of every three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends. Yet, most of the world remains silent and indifferent. The time has come to put a stop to the violence, and to the...

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The Next Big Thing

I am delighted to be a part of The Next Big Thing, the “authors and the authors who love them” weblog chain in which I answer questions about what I’m working on and get to introduce you to two gifted friends and writers. Ruth Ozeki tagged me for this, and her...

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Last thoughts on Goddard

As I put the snow and icicles of Goddard behind me for another semester, I was thinking about the question of whether one can teach writing. I don’t know if we taught it, or whether we simply lived it, all together, for the last eight days. I come home filled by my...

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Seeing

We walked in the woods at Goddard, looking for a cliff to look out over, and we found different way to see - through Bhanu's cracked, taped phone.  What she says, on her own blog (click the picture), is this: I know that it is important to veer, and keep veering,...

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