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...

A Writer’s Road: Brain Pickings, by Maria Popova

Logo of the Brain Pickings blog by Maria Popova Here is a newsletter and blog which I want to share with my friends and readers. Brain Pickings is, in Maria's own words, a labor of love which she has continued weekly for over thirteen years. It pops up in my inbox...

A Writer’s Road: To Mask or Not To Mask

I feel compelled to write about the coronavirus, even though it is not the sort of topic I would normally include in my blog posts. I left the US for my annual two-month stay in SE Asia on February 6. The virus already existed but seemed to be contained to mainland...

A Writer’s Road: The Effect of Teaching Poetry

Many writers teach. My teaching has taken on a life of its own and led me to found the international non-profit called Writing Through. We've accomplished a great deal over the five years of our existence, now working in Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. Happily, the...

A Writer’s Road: Being Creative – The Follow Through

I recently wrote a blog about being creative here. In it I asserted that we are all creative beings, and that we hold ourselves back too often. My friend and fellow writer, Joe Stein, had the following insightful comment: I also think that some folk have a tendency to...

A Writer’s Road: Jim Lehrer’s Rules of Journalism

courtesy of wsj.com We live in a time when truth is under siege, facts are doubted, and our ushers to understanding, journalists, are often humiliated. Each generation has its own torch bearers (which in itself is a good thing, I think). In the US, there was Walter...

A Writer’s Road: How To Be Creative

Being creative and what to do with your creativity is something I think about and talk about quite a lot. But even before you start thinking about the 'how' , you have to believe that you are creative in the first place. People often say to me, 'Oh, I'm not creative.'...

The Writer’s Road: Education and Neuroscience

photo courtesy of tophat.com When I began to think about this new incarnation of my blog, I decided that I wanted to focus on topics of interest as well as facts about my own personal writing career. One of those topics which has fascinated me for years is that of...

A Writer’s Road: The Road (Seemingly) Not Taken

Ancient Tiryns (photo courtesy of hellenicaworld.com) A very long time ago, a young girl decided she wanted to be a writer. Years later, while in college, that same girl, now a woman, decided she wanted her writing to take the form of play writing. But being an...

A Writer’ Road: What I Read in 2019

I love year-end lists. I read them even if I'm not interested in the subject, just for the wonder of it, like The Year in Potatoes, or Messiest Celebrity Break-Ups of 2019. So I look forward to my annual list of what I read each year. I hope you'll find it...

A Writer’s Road: The Power of Play

A quick reminder to myself, and all of us who consider ourselves to be 'serious' writers... I started to write 'seriously' when I was 8 years old. There was a play back then which I wrote and actually got performed for the school. But at the same age, I also started...

A Writer’s Road: Poetry Tips

I have an old friend who recently approached me with the desire to re-incorporate writing poetry into her life. How wonderful is that? It gave me the opportunity to pull together some basic rules of the road - rules which are, of course, meant to be broken, but only...

A Writer’s Road: On Competition

For years, I have been trying to find a way to feel good about competition. Even on the few occasions I have won, be it money or prestige, the high of winning never lasts as long as the low of losing. But beyond that, I have never been able to reconcile the undeniable...

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