Genius Clusters?

I just finished reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids.  It is the story of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in the time of a burgeoning New York City art scene of the 1960s and 70s. They WERE kids who arrived in New York with nothing but their determination to be artists. They wandered into one … Continue reading Genius Clusters?

A Brief History of Lying

The research for the book I’m working on has gotten me thinking about the lies we tell. From our early childhood, we are counseled to always tell the truth.  George Washington is our model for that until we’re much older and find out there were probably no cherry trees in his life.  As children, we … Continue reading A Brief History of Lying

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

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?