New Story! an excerpt from A QUIET AFTERNOON

Friends of the unreal -- Imagine my delighted surprise to have a piece included in this lovely speculative anthology as -- once again -- the rule breaker story. This time, time though, my hybrid prose poem/flash fiction is the most "realist" of the group (which is pretty hilarious). Here is the beginning of "12 Attempts … Continue reading New Story! an excerpt from A QUIET AFTERNOON

lamentations/celebrations/lamentations — attempt #2

Friends -- as we reach the end of July of this strange, unreal feeling year, I am experiencing with renewed force the power of the Jewish holiday known as Tisha B' Av.   Tisha B'Av commemorates the fall of Jerusalem Temples 1 and 2, but in a larger sense, it commemorates the totality of Jewish catastrophes. … Continue reading lamentations/celebrations/lamentations — attempt #2

uh…. what day is it? a May greeting

Dear friends -- Somehow May has been a blur and a whirl. I'm teaching two writing classes and taking 2 classes, but somehow I am beginning to finally not know what day it is. I think it's a combination of the laundry piling up and realizing that it is unlikely that I will be able … Continue reading uh…. what day is it? a May greeting

Argue with your mother, recite a poem, experience a moment of grace: Ruth Klueger at Auschwitz

  Dear friends of writing and reading – Today is Yom HaShoah, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the Holocaust. A long time ago, before I converted to Judaism I taught college courses on the literature of the Holocaust. It was during this time that I got to know a friend of a friend, the scholar … Continue reading Argue with your mother, recite a poem, experience a moment of grace: Ruth Klueger at Auschwitz

March 2020 What would Camus say?

In this now surreal and dystopian 2020, this magical realism blogger turns, not to a magical writer, or a realist writer, but to a writer who was arguably an absurdist or an existentialist. Or maybe both and neither. Yup. Albert Camus. I guess alot of us are thinking about Albert Camus because of his famous … Continue reading March 2020 What would Camus say?

no return to normalcy– so? write about it

Dear friends -- I haven't posted in a while because, in order to pay off a tiny bit of my trip to France last fall, I taught at Edmonds Community College this quarter. I had been looking forward all winter to planning a big end of April trip to SoCal, the area that I still … Continue reading no return to normalcy– so? write about it

why bother?

https://images.app.goo.gl/YrEbzqUVGKMtNN8R8 (phab photo of comedian Phyllis Diller by Lee Cerano) Friends -- I've been asking myself this alot these days. Brilliant poet Judy Kronenfeld warned that at a certain stage in life, creativity comes less easily, and I am certainly experiencing that. But I also feel a certain futility about a lot of what I … Continue reading why bother?