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Month: January 2010

sunday

Coming across a recommended blog (recommended by WordPress),I was surprised to see an image of my second novel.  The writer had read it, to pass the time, she said, and described the plot.  She then said, possibly yawning, that there was little in it to impress her.  She moved on to talk about Isabel Allende. Well, after my initial chagrin, I thought it was at least nice to see the cover there.  But her comment nagged.  Don’t we write to make an an impression?  It felt cold to be dismissed… Read more sunday

tofu on the radio

A long time ago, I volunteered at Outermost Community Radio, WOMR-FM, in Provincetown.  My friend Kathy Shorr gave me her show, Monday First Light, and I rose at dawn, dragged a bunch of LP’s to the station, and played music from 6am-9am. I was very, very happy. Then, Denya LeVine suggested we do a show called Veggie Bites.  Or was it Veggie Bits?  Denya and I produced, wrote, and directed three minute segments on food.  Among other things, I learned how to splice together tape, a skill that probably has… Read more tofu on the radio

waiting for snow

Not until Tuesday, they forecast, and flurries at that.  But the sky outside looks like –ah, it’s changed since I last looked up, and now the blue is showing.  Wanting snow on a Sunday is akin to wanting a holiday on top of a holiday.  For me, snow frees up thinking.  Oh, what could I write with snow falling outside and a plateful of warm brownies by my side.  I read the Times online. Madison Smart Bell wrote a very good essay in the the Times about Haitian literature. I… Read more waiting for snow

Chennai Now

The sky is gray today, but the sun is poking through.  I thought to create a blog would be an experiment in essays.  It’s an indulgence really. Recently, I went to India, after an absence of thirty years.  Everyone as asked, how did I find the changes?  First, Madras is no longer Madras but Chennai.  There are an awful lot of tall buildings.  Crowded storefronts now offer cell phones.  But there are also the same women and men offering young coconuts for sale, with a straw to sip the precious… Read more Chennai Now