Why We Need Each Other on the Broken Road

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back."~ Albert Camus Winter possesses its own spare beauty. … [continue]

A Companion for the Broken Road

I lay awake in bed, and a small grief opened like a night blooming flower. I found the well of skin between my husband's collarbone and his shoulder, and I lay my head there, his solid warmth a comfort. The flower of grief continued to bloom. I dreamt terrible dreams. I woke in the middle of the … [continue]

The One Question I Ask Again and Again

"Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand." ~Alberto Moravia For forty years, I've asked the same question, "What does it mean to belong?" I've "lived the questions", as Rilke so lovingly suggests, and I still feel as … [continue]

When a Meal Becomes a Work of Art

This year, I gave my husband the gift of an Italian cuisine cooking class at a local cooking school for his birthday. We spent the evening creating a meal of white bean tapenade smeared on crostini, porcini roasted beef, and bianco risotto cooked in saffron and vermouth. Together we sliced and diced … [continue]

How to Navigate a Season of Endings

As summer approaches, bringing with it big changes in the life of our family, I find myself feeling out of sorts. I am graduating from my MFA program, and I don't know what's next in my writing life. I will no longer spend long days reading books with a critical eye and writing papers based on them. … [continue]