On “O” Rings, Dumping, and Speeding

Last night, "O" ring #20 failed. Snapped without a sound.   Unlike those infamous "O" rings from the Challenger disaster, when this one failed, no one died.  Well, maybe no one died. Or maybe someone did.   In 1988, I'd been dumped by a man I'd lived with for five years. In response, my mother … Continue reading On “O” Rings, Dumping, and Speeding

Home(s)ward Bound

Our family is heading to Boston this weekend on our first leg up to the island in Maine, where we'll celebrate my father-in-law's life and legacy. Apropos of Peter's sense of humor, various family members have suggested that we give Peter a Viking funeral using his 18-ft. Interlake sailboat that we capsized last year in … Continue reading Home(s)ward Bound

Appalachian Trail Hikers on NPR

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about my husband's cousins who are hiking the Appalachian Trail with their two children. The children were reciting from Moby Dick and Frost's "The Road Less Traveled." NPR caught wind of the family's adventure and interviewed them on the trail. While there was no recitation during the … Continue reading Appalachian Trail Hikers on NPR

Moby Dick, Robert Frost, and Einstein on the Appalachian Trail

I'd like to introduce you to the Kallin family, my husband's cousins who live in rural Maine. The father (trail name: All In) is an environmental lawyer and their mother (trail name: Mama Bear) is a biologist and farmer extraordinaire. They pulled their two kids, ages 7 (trail name: Cartwheel) and 9 (trail name: Robin … Continue reading Moby Dick, Robert Frost, and Einstein on the Appalachian Trail

Not Just for Poets

"Halloooooooo!" says Tigger! I've brought in a Caterpillar D-10 to move my email around after hiring a Caterpillar 797F off-road truck to haul it to my office. Each wheel, attached to the axle with 47 nuts torqued to 2300 lb.-ft. each, costs $250,000. Why, oh why, did I ever go on holiday?! Surely not just … Continue reading Not Just for Poets

Nuggets from Squaw Valley Writers Workshop

Well, folks, I have returned from Squaw Valley, but I haven't come down from my cloud--the one with a "9" painted on it. My stellar morning workshop group sessions were led by Peter Steinberg (agent), Lynn Freed (novelist), Ann Close (Senior Editor at Knopf), Amanda Ward (novelist), Louis B. Jones (novelist), and Gail Tsukiyama (novelist), … Continue reading Nuggets from Squaw Valley Writers Workshop

Rishi Valley

  My friend, Keri, and her daughter, Mina, are visiting India this month. Mina, a budding young writer, has started her own blog. Here's one of her posts: Rishi Valley. Write on! xo, Jill