2018 is barely through month two, the second month, the one with the fewest days but the shortest tempers. In Northern New England we all get a bit grumpy in February, because its still winter. The snow becomes ice, the ice becomes rain and mud and we know that it will be two more months […]
Creating Fiction That Mirrors Life
I spent my first day of a 6-day writing retreat shell-shocked over the election outcome. While I should have been hanging out with Leda, Jonathan and Marcia (the characters in my new novel, Aesop Lake), instead I was holed up in my room watching HRC give her concession speech, feeling distraught that my daughters now […]
Living the 2nd UU Principle in a world filled with fear, hatred and violence.
I shared this at my Unitarian Universalist Fellowship November 8, 2015. It created a robust conversation about shared responsibility, compassion and community. Opening Words: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “By our silence, by our willingness to compromise principle… by our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, […]
Beneath the blanket of anger.
She looked twenty years older than her true age. Was it because she had a difficult life? Because she was a mother of three young children? That’s what I thought when I first met her. I knocked on the screen door, with the rusty handle, and the woman who answered, “Marie”, pushed open the door […]
Silence seems to be the easiest word
My worldview changed on August 7, 2015, the day that Lara Sobel, a VT social worker was murdered. I have been a social worker since I was 21. My family might tell you I have been a social worker my entire life. I am driven to help others, to be a good listener, to help […]