Azulejos

Azulejos

Azulejo is a lovely Portuguese word that rolls off the tongue in a way that its English translation “tile” just doesn’t. But in Portugal the azulejo is much more than a tile, it is iconic of Portuguese culture. For centuries, azulejos have embellished ...
The Ghost of Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Ghost of Edna St. Vincent Millay

One hundred and thirty years ago today Edna St. Vincent Millay – a remarkable, sometimes scandalous, and always brilliant poet, was born in Rockland, Maine.  Twenty-five years later she moved to Greenwich Village, where she and my grandfather Floyd Dell – a...
The Memoir and Its Cover

The Memoir and Its Cover

A week before I returned to our house in Portugal, USPS brought me the box I’d been eagerly awaiting for weeks. Not a large box, but big enough to hold several Advance Reading Copies of my book– Expecting the World –a memoir of the thirty years I worked...
Wild Fire – Epilogue

Wild Fire – Epilogue

It’s been over a year now since the Obenchain fire ripped through my son’s property in Eagle Point, Oregon. A year since the fire took down his shop, the chicken coop, the water pump, the power lines. A  year since a couple of very kind strangers arrived with two...
Wild Fire – Part Two

Wild Fire – Part Two

A year ago– three days after Adam and his wife Deanna were evacuated from their home, the Obenchain fire was only 40% contained. Adam called me again: “Mom, we’ve been watching the news. Eagle Point’s been decimated. Don’t worry. We’re safe in...

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