ON NOT WRITING

The process is frightening, this writing process. Unlike the performance, the meal, the quilt (I am knitting just now) there is no clear completion. We can only rarely say with any lasting conviction that we are finished writing. We merely choose to stop at some point. We live with our writing for such a long [...]

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FLYING ON

When I prepared my application to the MFA (Masters of Fine Arts in fiction) at Pacific University, I needed a short story, a very brief literary analysis essay, and a personal statement. This was 2004. My mother had been dying for over two years, and my brother had declared me "the most disfunctional person" he [...]

WE MISS THE CAT

One of our sons just adopted two kittens. They are adorable and I got to hold and pet them the other day. We are in the midst of "Swedish death cleansing" known as döstädning. "It's what people are doing before somebody passes away so that the relatives don't get left with the big chore of sorting out [...]