Writing: My 6 Keys to Happiness

A Mini-Manifesto on Bliss

May 15, 2015

Writing: Movies — Fall in love like a teenager with The Spectacular Now and The First Time

Two beautiful romances for any age group.

August 11, 2014

Writing: On The Fault in Our Stars, or Why Cancer is a Perfectly Legitimate Plot Device

It's okay to exploit death, really.

June 15, 2014

Writing: Benedict Cumberbatch Acts Just Like Julian Assange, and It Doesn’t Matter One Bit

This is why I hate biopics, damn it.

February 5, 2014

Writing: Sex, Self-Pollution and the Most Terrifying Book Ever Written

In which the Author Discovers a Victorian Sex Manual and Hilarity Ensues!

January 11, 2014

Writing: Some Thoughts on Joseph Conrad and _The Heart of Darkness_

What's it take to be the greatest writer in the English language?

December 1, 2013

Writing: Saturday Night at the Movies — Real Genius

Get out the popcorn for this classic treat!

November 24, 2013

Writing: My Emergency Plan

What happens when I face a disaster in real life?

September 28, 2013

Writing: The Infinite Possibilities — Learning from My Son’s Chronic Illness

There are more lessons than I expected.

August 11, 2013

Writing: Titanic, Motherhood, and Unanswerable Questions

What does it mean when history provides no easy answers?

July 25, 2013

Writing: Saturday Night at the Movies – Waitress

A sweet treat for your weekend.

July 5, 2013

Writing: Movie Review — Much Ado About Nothing

The play's the thing, and for the most part, the movie has nailed it.

June 23, 2013

Writing: Fool for Love, or Why I Heart the Cowboy

I try to explain my fascination with a certain type of very naughty hero.

June 10, 2013

Writing: Saturday Night at the Movies — Persuasion

An evening's idyll with Jane Austen fits the romance bill nicely.

June 8, 2013

Writing: A Reader’s Guide to Jane Eyre, Part 1 — Context

Just enough information about the Victorians to help a reader beginningJane Eyre.

June 7, 2013

Writing: Saturday Night at the Movies — Gettin’ Square

Movie Recommendation for your weekend viewing pleasure.

May 31, 2013

Essay: A Meditation on John Donne and Who the Bell is Tolling For

Thoughts on John Donne's "Meditation XVII."

May 17, 2013

Poem: Soos Creek

cascades, like a river’s current. Spring /has finally arrived, green and reaching, while /wildflowers, petite (mostly pink), line the trail beneath

May 6, 2013

Writing: Jane Eyre class?

Proposal for a class on Jane Eyre. Are you in?

May 5, 2013

Essay: What Hollywood Doesn’t Get About Jane Eyre

An essay on the problems with the movie adaptations of Jane Eyre.

April 28, 2013

Novel: Casey’s Home

My novel... you can buy it! Please do!

April 21, 2013

Poem: Prague

A clock, older than time itself, /chimes out the hour.

December 20, 2011

Poem: Waiting

I begin the unconscious /counting, waiting /for the ringing thunder --

December 19, 2011

Poem: Roland Cleans the Halls

And the dance begins: a hop /a shuffle forward, and a half-step back.

December 18, 2011

Poem: Celilo Falls

its rushing water down /shelves and steps of rock. Here /they built their platforms, each one /the whole inheritance of families. Perched

December 17, 2011

Poem: Insomnia

I have made attempts to command him /and to domesticate his wild, animal stillness – that /is what we humans do, after all: we vanquish him –

December 16, 2011

Poem: Primavera

You raised your hands /to stop their fall, but you could not /keep them from their deaths, and I saw

December 15, 2011

Poem: Ski Lesson

as the instructor points the tips of his skis /downhill in a neat plow. “Follow me,” he cries, /and one by one, we push off from stillness, /a wounded snake, stilted and cautious.

December 14, 2011

Poem: Angels of Deliverance

my angel is the fire of Divinity, an archangel, /sword raised for when my fear makes me cower /and my passion flees and I am left alone, whispering.

December 13, 2011

Poem: Jubilee

for pheasants, golden-eared pheasants, /with burnished coats of rajah's jewels

December 12, 2011

Poem: Ocean City

the waist-high grasses, these monuments to nature’s impending death stand /ominous against the grey line of sky above the black roaring ocean.

December 11, 2011

Poem: Evening Bus Ride Sestina

Before this moment, there was no way to look /across to one another. Suddenly, how tightly we are tied, /equally lit by the flickering fluorescent bulbs above.

December 10, 2011

Poem: Travelling Light

She carries no suitcase of worn brown /leather, the surface cracked and scored /like skin spent in a lifetime of sun.

December 21, 2011

Poem: Travel

untethered, trying to touch sunspots /or maybe flares -- blown by the breath /of an awestruck God and briefly

December 22, 2011

Poem: Gifts

and pass it through trembling, joyous air /with a hum of imagined electricity.

December 24, 2011

Poem: Sans Souci

Standing before statues, /lifting near-frozen faces /and bananas to mock the grapes /dripping from a granite hand.

December 26, 2011

Poem: Cabin Fever

As featureless as a blank check /A smooth, white road too deep to drive

December 28, 2011

Poem: The Starling Vision

I pressed the blankets to my ears and wished it dead. I envisioned /its drab, stifled body and weak feathers, until dawn when I awoke

December 29, 2011

Poem: Flight

all guts, no glory. We lifted, /shifted and rolled, as golden /filaments of swift wind lit /our round windows

December 31, 2011

Essay: Ma Vie En Rose

An essay about a little boy who likes pink.

December 31, 2011

Short Story: Summer Fun

A short story about a dissatisfied young girl on vacation, and her sister's boyfriend.

January 3, 2012

Short Story: Story About a Rabbit

A short story about an orphaned girl and a very cold bunny.

January 16, 2012

Short Story: Conchoidal Fractures

A short story about a child's rebellion.

January 17, 2012

Poem: Storm Sonnet

We read by candlelight, gentle and clear /And fall asleep in our long underwear.

January 21, 2012

Short Stories: (New Zealand Series) — Christenings

Part 4 of a semi-autobiographical series about my time as an exchange student in New Zealand.

February 4, 2012

Short Stories: (New Zealand Series) “Movement”

Part 3 of a semi-autobiographical series about my time as an exchange student in New Zealand.

January 26, 2012

Short Stories: (New Zealand Series) “The First Garden” and “Pothole Surfing…”

Part 2 of a semi-autobiographical series about my time as an exchange student in New Zealand.

January 24, 2012

Short Stories: (New Zealand Series) “The Goat’s Tether” and “Fishing”

Part 1 of a semi-autobiographical series about my time as an exchange student in New Zealand.

January 21, 2012

Short Stories: “Masie’s Wedding”

"Masie's Wedding" is a horror story, and one of the first I wrote in college.

February 6, 2012