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Canned Fruit

I have been sorting through old files of stuff, deciding what to throw and what to save. Occasionally I’ll come across something I forgot that I wrote and judge it worthy of resurrection. This piece was written for the final day of a women’s studies class I taught at the University of Minnesota in [...]

A Near Century of Voting

Today, August 26, 2016, marks 96 years since American women won the right to vote. For the first time in U.S. history, we have a woman running for President with a serious chance of winning; yet her public image has been sullied by decades of misogynistic vitriol. I know it when I see it, [...]

The Splendor of the Exotic

We are enjoying the peak of the fall season here in Minneapolis, amid flaming red and rich gold maple trees, bronze oaks, and hues of rust and wine. Last Thursday Bob Herbert, formerly an op-ed writer with the New York Times and now affiliated with Demos, came to speak to the Westminster Town Hall [...]

No Time

I have gone missing from this blog for most of the summer. Yes, I’m still mourning the loss of Leila and still being surprised by her absence in odd moments.  The prime explanation for my silence, however, is that I’ve been writing elsewhere. I’ve been working, pushing ahead on the research and drafting of [...]

Worst Book Reviews

I have not been much troubled by bad reviews of my publications. They have been few, thankfully, and they have generally not surprised me. I knew that Beyond Good Intentions would disgruntle some readers, because it takes up matters already controversial among adoptive parents. No book review has yet left me feeling personally aggrieved.  [...]

Writing Is Scary

I have almost cleared my calendar of loose ends and extraneous obligations. I have taken the summer and fall off from teaching at the Loft.  I am presumably ready to focus: to sit down and draft pieces of the book I’ve been researching for far too long.  So why the trepidation?  Well, writing is [...]

Spectators

In his introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay, the text for my fall Loft course, Phillip Lopate quotes the early eighteenth century British essayist Joseph Addison:  “I live in the World rather as a Spectator of Mankind than as one of the species.”  In fact, Addison and his co-editor, Richard Steele, chose [...]

Finding a Voice

Last Saturday afternoon I said my goodbyes of the season to the six women remaining in my creative writing class at Shakopee Women’s Correctional Facility.  I’m pleased that all six want to be included when I reconstitute the class in the fall.  I encouraged them to set some writing goals for themselves and then [...]

Archives or Dumpster?

This winter’s unusual length and ferocity have forced me into a week-long reckoning with my entire literate life.  No, I’m not on a spiritual retreat; this reckoning is material–full of the stuff of life.  An ice dam on the roof in December sent water cascading down my study wall and bowed the ceiling.  The [...]

About the Banner Photos 1

I’ve received two questions about my revolving banner photos, so I’m going to introduce them one by one.  The theme I was going for is Landscape and Memory, which corresponds to my current writing project.  My photo choices are limited, however, because I own neither a scanner nor a digital camera.  I resort to [...]