A Writer’s Road: A Poem for Ruth

Here I am, needing to write another blog post instigated by death. Last week's passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a huge loss, not only for Americans. not only for women, not only for those who believe in the rule of law, but for everyone, everywhere. When has there...

A Writer’s Road: Overlapping Holidays

So many people think that religions differ greatly, but I'm always amazed at how similar they can be. This week sees the start of two very different, yet very similar holy seasons. Pchum Ben is one of the holiest times of the Cambodian calendar. It is a 15 day...

A Writer’s Road: Time Hurts and Helps, and John Cage

Matthias Bein/picture alliance via Getty Images Whenever I talk to anyone about the pandemic, which I still seem to do all the time, I say that at this point my anxiety level is under control, as long as I don't try to plan anything beyond a week away. Of the many...

A Writer’s Road: The Death of a Khmer Rouge Monster

image courtesy of BBC.co.uk It was reported that Kaing Guk Eav, otherwise known as Duch, died today. He had been the Chief of the notorious Tuol Sleng Prison and had personally overseen the torture and deaths of thousands of Cambodian citizens. It took nearly 50 years...

A Writer’s Road: Bin My Word

Nadia Kingsley And Fair Acre Press have created a fun podcast called The Word Bin. The idea is for people, many of them writers, to choose a word to bin, or throw into the trash. If there was a word which you wanted to get rid of, what would it be and why. Every day...

A Writer’s Road: Writing Again

Back in May, I wrote a post about my inability to write creatively during what was then the middle of the beginning of the pandemic. You can reread it in its entirety here, but here is one conclusion I drew: Writing creatively takes a huge amount of energy and a real...

A Writer’s Road: The National Virtual Medical Orchestra

Surprisingly, I have often found myself, in my musical life, playing classical music with physicians. I've been fascinated by the real connection between music and medicine, and I even tried to dissect that relationship in one of the characters of my novel, Out of the...

A Writer’s Road: Sunset on the Horizon

photo courtesy of www.horizonresearch.org I start my day by looking at my inbox of emails which have come in over night from my Writing Through team in Cambodia. Besides those, there are the inevitable emails from news feeds which I try to put off til later; starting...

A Writer’s Road: Blowing Bubbles

image courtesy of fifa.com Back when I was in college, every Wednesday evening we had "Snacks". This was an event, not just a food. The Resident Advisor organized it for the entire dorm, and everyone would go down to the common room with their mug, fill it up with tea...

A Writer’s Road: Remembering John Lewis

The United States lost a hero and patriot this past week, John Lewis. He wasn't world famous, and outside of the US, his name wasn't a household word. I'm sure that when many of my British readers hear John Lewis, they think of the department store chain, rather than...

A Writer’s Road: 100 Days of Recording the Pandemic

I have been keeping a journal for decades. Historically, I haven't written in them each and every day. Sometimes I've gone a month or more without journaling. But the shelf of black, lined Moleskin books stands as a testimony to how important these occasional...

A Writer’s Road: The Need for Anti-fascism in Education

I thought I was going to write about something else in today's blog post, but then I read this article and knew I wanted to share it along. It is written by the President of Wesleyan University, Michael Roth, and appeared in the recent issue of Inside Higher Ed. The...

A Writer’s Road: The Importance of Tone

Over the past weeks, we have begun to take part in conversations about race which are long overdue. Many of us are having uncomfortable, although necessary, conversations. I can only hope that these conversations will catapult us all into enacting the changes so...

A Writer’s Road: Recalling James Baldwin

photo courtesy of Allan Warren Every generation has a few voices which ring with a special clarity. If you are lucky enough to have access to an education which allows both teachers and students to open themselves to the sounds of those voices, then those words become...

A Writer’s Road: Eroding Cliffs

photo courtesy of Mark Alan Lovewell for The Vineyard Gazette The beach in our town had enormous cliffs. They towered over our blankets and sand castles for decades, maybe even for generations. Of course, we always knew they were fragile, and so we told our children...

A Writer’s Road: Sonny Rollins, ‘Art Never Dies’

photo courtesy of sonnyrollins.com One important goal of my blog is to share information with others, especially articles on topics concerning Art ( with a capital A), education, writing, literacy, etc. Today I want to share with you a new series of essays to be...

A Writer’s Road: Positive Adaptation

We all know the old saying about turning lemons into lemonade. Well, the present global situation is making it difficult for even the most ardent of optimists to accomplish that bit of alchemy. But difficult or not, there is a corner of the human spirit that strives...

A Writer’s Road: Happy Birthday Hubble

Last week, on April 25th, we marked the 30th birthday of the Hubble telescope. Thirty years ago, the Hubble telescope began its mission to observe, photograph and document the universe- what it is, how long it has existed, what it can show us about ourselves. The BBC...

A Writer’s Road: Street Light Amber, by Noel Duffy

For me, one of the best parts of being a writer and part of a community of writers, is that I am able both to know the work of other writers and the writers themselves. Noel Duffy is an important Irish poet whose work I have followed for years. He is also a lovely...

A Writer’s Road: Pandemic Prompts

It's easy to think that all this isolation will breed all sorts of writing. The sparks of creativity might be there, but do you have the energy, both physically and mentally, to actually act on those sparks? I know that I have only been able to focus on writing...

A Writer’s Road: Living Without Assumptions

Spoiler Alert: This post has more questions than answers. Those of us who have flirted around the edges of Buddhism, or have downloaded a meditation app or two, have come across one pervasive truism: everything changes. During this present pandemic, this seems truer...

A Writer’s Road: Reading in the Time of Corona

A Shelf of Trollopes I have to be careful with what I read right now. The news, social media, all the incoming information and non-information threatens to overwhelm me. We all react differently to the stressful situation we find ourselves in. Some people need to know...

A Writer’s Road: To Wear a Mask, Reconsidered

en route back to the US from Cambodia Back in February of this year, I was en route to my annual 2-month stay in Cambodia to work with my team at Writing Through. It is a part of the year which I always anticipate with great excitement, not only because it allows me...

A Writer’s Road: Your Brain on Art

Those of us who spend time working in the arts, specifically creating new art - be it written, musical, visual - know instinctively that our brains work differently. We know that the hours of learning and practice have helped to develop areas of our brains that then...

A Writer’s Road: Why Travel?

There is an old adage that says you should write what you know. And I agree - as long as you take the idea of 'what you know' very broadly. For example, there are many writers who have written novels about places they have only been to briefly or not at all. An...

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