Poetic Gut-Punch

Poetic Gut-Punch

Mary Oliver is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet.  She captures nature’s small, intimate happenings and lets herself—and the reader—be astonished over and over again by the mundane but glorious moments.  I discovered her work several months ago and have been devouring the...
Solo Feats: The Real Fear

Solo Feats: The Real Fear

For those of you who didn’t check in last week, we’re discussing Felicity Aston’s solo crossing of Antarctica. To me, the bravest thing about Aston’s journey was her willingness to be on her own for so long.  The lack of connectivity with other humans must have been...
Writers Read: What I’m Reading Now

Writers Read: What I’m Reading Now

Marshal Zeringue, at Campaign for the American Reader, asked me what I was reading. Here was the answer I was happy to supply: I’m currently reading Mr. Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos, which seems appropriate since Christmas is just around the corner. It’s a tale...