Untangling Knots

   In my teen years, I spent considerable time pondering the nature of knots. How is it, I wondered, that I can wrap up something like a string of Christmas lights in a perfect loop, stash it in a bin, and somehow, without the slightest manipulation of human […]

Kill Your Darlings

   Tuesday I was soaring high. In the morning, I had a conversation with myself in the car – if you’re a writer, you have a lot of conversations with yourself; there’s really no point in feeling embarrassed about it – after all, what is writing, if not […]

Have a Scary and Unsafe New Year

   I’m thinking of all the encouragements and admonishments people tend to hand out this time of year.  “Have a healthy New Year” “Have a prosperous New Year” “Have a safe and happy New Year” That last one, which happens to be the most commonly spoken, perplexes me. […]