Book Parties/Readings

I Will Always Love Her, Too

I loved the music of Whitney Houston and the elegance she possessed in interpreting lyrics. And her voice?  Her depth and range was magnificent. I clearly remember the movie she was in with Kevin Costner so many years ago. It seems to me it was a foreshadowing of what was to happen to her, yet … Continue reading I Will Always Love Her, Too

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

You’re probably thinking, here she goes again, complaining about our lack of civility.  It  really bothers me and we’ve got to cut it out before we truly become a society of beasts. This is what ticked me off this time. I am a faithful reader of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  I know … Continue reading BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

PATERNAL NOCTURNE, A LOOK BACK TO GO FORWARD

Every family has its characters, its heroes who strike a chord we can connect to, laugh about, wonder how they ever had chutzpah to do this or that.  Aunt Lucy, who was institutionalized for eccentric behavior like dancing in the street; Uncle George who vanished under questionable circumstances; the family pariah, Richard, who needed to … Continue reading PATERNAL NOCTURNE, A LOOK BACK TO GO FORWARD

THE STORIES WE TELL ARE SOMETIMES TOO HARD TO BEAR

The blog hiatus is over.  I’m in a different world now, writing from a desk with a lake view facing west— palm trees list in the wind, two geckos scamper across the floor.   It seems this part of southwest Florida was settled by Italianophiles.  We’re in Naples; we have family in Venice. But other countries … Continue reading THE STORIES WE TELL ARE SOMETIMES TOO HARD TO BEAR

CAN WE RESOLVE TO BE HAPPY?

I know it’s a bit early to be talking about resolutions. We haven’t even gotten through the season to be jolly; the much anticipated making ourselves crazy season when we over shop, over do, and over eat while trying to replicate a Norman Rockwell illustration. It never seems to be the happy time we want … Continue reading CAN WE RESOLVE TO BE HAPPY?

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

I gave a reading yesterday at the Albany Institute of History and Art during the Thanksgiving Gift Fair Family Festival.  Every floor was bustling.  Local artisans of high-end arts and crafts ranging from silk kimonos to hand-painted Christmas ornaments to batiked tableware were selling their work.  One of the big draws for children was a … Continue reading HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

THINKING ABOUT TINKERS

I just finished reading Tinkers, Paul Harding’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel.  I could not describe it better than Elizabeth McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination) who said,  “It’s an instruction manual on how to look at nearly everything. Harding takes the back off to show you the miraculous ticking of the natural … Continue reading THINKING ABOUT TINKERS