The Journey of Writing… from Ben Franklin to The New York Times to Creative Writing Classes

Ben Franklin was born in 1705. He was America’s first millionaire. Though he never served as President to the United States, his face is forever inked into our currency on the hundred dollar bill and recognized worldwide. He did, however, serve as a delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania. He is a famous inventor […]

Lift Every Voice: The Relationship between Music and Writing

What has rhythm, dynamics, themes and tonalities and is not a song, jazz instrumental, quartet or other musical piece? Well – it’s writing! And I’m speaking of prose as well as poetry. So if you love to sing, play an instrument, or maybe simply listen to music, be encouraged. You probably could be a writer. […]

In Love with Shakespeare

My two friends and I hadn’t been to Stratford, Ontario, for the annual Shakespeare Festival for probably 13 years, and we were thrilled to again visit one of the foremost such events in the world. Before we left, however, we attended a concert of music associated with Shakespeare performed by my own choral group, the […]

Rounding Up the Western Genre

“Go West Young Man,” along with “America’s Manifest Destiny,” was a motto that stirred Americans to dream of traveling to the wild west—an intriguing place away from civilization. Although knowing little to nothing about the “real west” themselves, novelists quickly fueled the flames of the public’s fascination with their stories. New Jersey born James Fenimore […]

Natasha Trethewey and Our Shared History

Readers Unbound is privileged to welcome Pearl McHaney as today’s guest blogger.  Many readers shy away from poetry, afraid of not understanding, expecting not to been entertained.  American poet and pediatrician William Carlos Williams wrote a long love poem titled “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower.”   Near its end, I find my mantra for the significance […]

Lily and the Octopus: A Story of Love and Loss

When my husband and I married in 1964, one of the first things we did was buy a dog. Not just ANY dog, but a dachshund.  Originally, we had yearned for a basset hound, but the  couple next door to us in our first apartment had one, and his feet were bigger than mine.  So . […]

The Storyteller Doll: Singing Symbols of Love and Union, Part 2

(Yesterday’s  post, Part 1, mused on the connections between stories, in particular the story of how Joe and I met and eventually traveled to Navajoland to get married. If you missed it, visit the Home Page.) The Puritans believed God gave us two sacred texts–the Bible and Nature. All we have to do, they said, was look, really […]