Beauty and the Beast

Dani Shapiro, whose writing I like very much, has a new book out, entitled “Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage” – a memoir which is being highly praised as a compassionate, intimate account of her long-term marriage, written in elegant prose. The words elegant prose have definitely captured my attention, so I’m eager to read it and

Wake up! Or Why I Became a Coastal Persister

Barbra Streisand and Billy Joel woke me up early this morning, as their duet of New York State of Mind resounded from my iphone. It was hard to get out of bed. I was tired; I was  sleepy. But the hour of lost sleep last night was totally compensated by the realization that thanks to

Thoughts About Growing Hope

Hope is one of those words that baffles me. It’s certainly part of the discourse around how to adjust to the upcoming presidency of our Perpetrator-in-Chief, but what does it really mean, particularly in that context? I can start with the Merriam-Webster definition, that hope is “the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking