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Simian Crone

Down in the shadows still very still, she labors away Her widow’s hump. Her grizzled pelt. Her chin upon her boney chest. Others frolic, scamper and collide. She pays them no mind, rubbing something so fast her arm blurs. She … Continue reading

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Death, Ownership, and Freedom in America

When will we ever learn? Peter, Paul and Mary have been on my mind. But I remembered it wrong. The lyric is really “When will they ever learn,” with a distancing I find inauthentic. I’m more inclined to wallow in … Continue reading

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Best Left Unsaid

I should have known when the organizer gave us panelists our instructions. “I’ll ask questions, like how should you handle guilt, and each of you will have a chance to respond.”  There I was with my carefully printed remarks on … Continue reading

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“Dare to say I”

Heads up narrative researchers! Carol Swenson (professor emeritus, Simmons College) has delivered a compelling argument for allowing our selves to be present in our scholarly writing. Here’s the citation for her article: Swenson, C. (2012). Dare to say “I”: The … Continue reading

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Teaching Confessions

I hate teaching, and this year I’m celebrating a quarter century of not doing it. It’s time to come clean. Women in my family (like women in so many families around the world) have made our living as teachers for … Continue reading

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At Last Some Answers for Struggling Writers

I have finally discovered a “how to write” book that makes sense. (As it turns out, the book was there all along, but it took a friend’s advice to steer me to it.) Dorothea Brande’s 1934 work, Becoming a Writer … Continue reading

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