Paris, Shakespeare, and Lily

For the next several weeks, the editor will be gallivanting all over Morocco. Rather than give you, our Dear Readers, time off, she decided to climb into the WayBack Machine and pull out some favorite posts from long ago. Not Reruns, not Leftovers, but tasty treats to savor again. This time it’s Susan’s nostalgic 2013 […]

Kissing the Right Frog

Tables line the walls of a huge hotel meeting room. Fifty literary agents sit in alphabetical order behind the tables. Outside the door, there are two hundred of us lined up, awaiting entry into the hallowed chamber. We have paid for this opportunity. We have traveled from distant states and countries. We have written and […]

Vinegar and Shrews – Anne Tyler’s Latest Book and Shakespeare’s Comedy

On the one hand you have feminism. On the other, you have romance and comedy. Assuming both hands belong to the same person – say, Anne Tyler – together they reveal more of the human condition than either could on its own. Welcome to Vinegar Girl, a slender volume that might be heftier than you […]

Young Bookworms

My grandchildren live with their parents in the downstairs apartment of our house, which brings me the good fortune of being able to read with them every night. I cherish everything about our evening reading routine: choosing the books, sitting side-by side on the couch with a small head leaning against my shoulder, listening to […]

Honoring Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was a Southern literary institution, and next month two Atlanta-based literary groups will honor the best-selling author with tributes and personal memories of the man who wrote The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, and The Water is Wide. Conroy died of pancreatic cancer on March 4 at the age of 70. He […]

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. […]