In my youth, I was on a mission, and my writing was in service to that. I wrote journalism, political analysis and social theory, for newspapers, magazines and books. The purpose of the writing was to educate and to inform, to arouse and mobilize people on the Left to understand and to organize against the Right. On the education and information front, the work was a partial success. On the mission of arousing and mobilizing people to stop the Right, it was largely a flop. … Continue reading »
Sometimes, snap, just like that.
But, really, there’s more to it.
The magic kicks in at a certain point. There’s much that precedes it.
In the mid to late 1990s, I was in a women’s memoir writing group for a few years. It was there that I met my dear friend Bonnie. She was writing a tribute to her father and, along the way, she wrote about her whole large family. About one of her tall brothers, she coined the phrase “Jimmy, the string bean,” and those four loving and amusing words stuck, and we’ve laughed about the image for years.… Continue reading »
A year ago, I began this blog.
I’ve been posting mostly weekly, though I often skip a week. That’s because I sometimes run out of steam. It’s also because I have a more than full-time job.
Blogging has been and continues to be a great pleasure. It is something I do without deadline or compensation just because I want to. It helps me hone my thoughts and my writing ability. It is enabling me to contemplate the book I’d like to finally write, a memoir of my life as a spiritual practitioner. … Continue reading »
About a year ago, I was spotted outside one of my favorite hangouts.
I was teetering up the path to the public library with a stack of books when I ran into an old pal from graduate school. She asked what I was doing and I explained that I was studying materials to begin a blog about health and cancer. We laughed about the typical sight of me with an impossibly tall stack of books.
I think I’m predisposed to hit the books with each twist and turn in my life. … Continue reading »
I’m calling this Part 1 because I suspect I will want to write more about this subject in future blog posts.
I’m very happy to be back to being a writer. I love the creativity and discipline of it. Words and phrases and ideas come into my head and stay a while. I daydream, and at some point, I sit with a lap top (or a yellow pad and pencil) and away it flows.
I don’t know how I went so many years without writing publicly.… Continue reading »