my favorite reads of the year!
“Don’t start with a big idea. Start with a phrase, a line, a quote. Questions are very helpful. Begin with a few you’re carrying right now.” -Naomi Shi…
I’m taking a drawing class at my local community college right now. And it’s a pure delight because I 1. know very little about drawing and 2. am eager…
Last week, I finished my novel. Another draft of it, anyway (for a sense of perspective, I’ve “finished” it four times in the last two years (more in t…
When I was 18, I went on a British Isles Literary Tour with my community college. In preparation, we read Tess of the D’Urbervilles and John Keats and …
Olive Kitteridge is a 2009 novel in linked short stories by Elizabeth Strout about a crotchety older woman named—well, Olive Kitteridge. A retired math…
One recent morning, I noticed two sparrows on the ground. I first saw them because my dog saw them. He got close and they fluttered but did not fly awa…
Even though I’m basically terrified of horses, once I rode one with a group in the Idaho sand dunes. It was a long and arduous ordeal during which my h…
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