Category: Creative Writing

suggestions about the process of creative writing

Why I Chose the Matryoshka Symbol

The Russian Matryoshka doll opens in half, right in the middle of the abdomen. Inside her is another doll that opens in half. Inside that one, another. Many dolls open in half until there are no more. The innermost remains whole. My father was born in Russia and I have been exploring my many selves …

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Trees

Have you ever had a special relationship with a tree, or group of trees? Think back to childhood and throughout your life. I have had several significant relationships with trees. Below is a poem  I wrote a couple of decades ago about such an experience. It recently appeared in my memoir.   dance in lace the …

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World’s Oldest Newspaper Columnist

“Miss Hemenway began her writing career at the age of 90, and on the 29th of this month she will turn 100. She is probably the oldest newspaper columnist in the United States, perhaps on earth.” This was from an article written about Ruby Henenway in 1984. It seems fitting since my first blog post, …

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Your Hero (es)

Decades ago I read My Left Foot, the memoir of Christy Brown. As Reid Gagle says on an online site —  “Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures …

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