Category Archives: Inspiration

My Favorite Season

After a fake-out warm spell that was followed by seeming weeks of cold and wet, signs of spring are showing up around the neighborhood. Forsythia’s bright yellow is flaring here and there. In my yard, birds are clustered around the feeders, chowing … Continue reading

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Revisiting the past. Sort of.

It’s spring break. Last Friday, my son and a friend decided to do a movie marathon of The Lord of The Rings trilogy. One of his friends had never seen it. I can’t remember if my son had seen it … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Tenaciously Hopeful

Recently I’ve noticed more articles on staying grounded in joy and hope, even when surrounded by fear. Perhaps such articles have always been part of the general social media discourse and I am only now becoming sufficiently calm to notice … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: Midnight at Spanish Gardens

Follow me. Let me take you somewhere. Let me take you to a place which once was real and is now no more, a place that existed as the worst-kept secret of the University where I was young, handed down … Continue reading

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Anamnesis

I often think of our brains as hypertext: certain smells, sights, bits of music, words, will trigger a cascade of memories or ideas. As I’m doing chores that require two hands so I can’t read, or while I’m walking the … Continue reading

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Five things to do with your life before you’re ready to be a writer

Another year is almost over, and it’s time to begin reflecting – amongst other things – on the act of writing, and those who perform it. Here’s something true: before you can write about life, at least adequately, you have … Continue reading

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Feeding frenzy on St. Pete Beach

I go to St. Pete Beach for the Novelists Inc. conference, but I love the nature scene there, too. My husband and I walk on the shore every morning, hoping to spot dolphins. This year, because of winds, tide, the … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 3: Loutro, Crete

This series started on Oct. 15 and will continue every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne … Continue reading

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Writer Club Rules: Community

Writers are, by nature of the work, solitary creatures. Often introverted. We also tend to take daily baths in insecurity, self-doubt, and impostor syndrome, with just a dash of self-flagellation. In fact, we marinate in the stuff. It’s really easy to feel like you’re all alone and to begin questioning so much about yourself and your work. Continue reading

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Fungi of northern Illinois

This summer has been good for fungi in northern Illinois because it was wet, then dry, then wet, then dry, and mostly cool. On our walks through woods in the Chicago metropolitan area my husband and I have seen a lot of fun fungi. Here are some samples, sortakinda identified. Continue reading

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