30poemsinNovember

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I Remember that Other November

I remember that other November. Eight blessed days of itUntouched by what it would become;The extra hour a sweet gift After one last revelry:We wore Hillary as hopeHillary as superheroThe…

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Sermon: “Back at the Fruit Tree,” with Scripture by Louise Glück

A Myth of Devotion Louise Glück – 1943- When Hades decided he loved this girlhe built for her a duplicate of earth,everything the same, down to the meadow,but with a bed…

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When You Can’t Fantasize About Emigrating Because There Is No Where To Go

“Did we just witness the end of our democracy?” I asked Tom at some point during the horror movie that was the first Presidential Debate––which was neither presidential nor a…

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Dear America, It’s Time to Grow Up

One day in late April, when The Mask Wars were just beginning, my daughter and I went for a walk in our park. Just as we were turning into our…

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How To Pee By The Side of the Road

Well. I was alerted by my friend Kris that someone googled this term and found my blog post from 2013. Advice for today’s Pandemic traveler! You might thank me for…

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Nerissa’s Pandemic Diary, Day 1 or Maybe Day 11

I haven’t been posting because every time I have something to say, the world changes to make my insight obsolete. We don’t know what is going to happen, how long…

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Authority, or What The Democrats Have to Do with the Structural Problems of Novel-Writing

I am working on what is perhaps my fortieth draft of The Big idea. Maybe the fifty-fifth. I have lost count. Recently, I received feedback from two excellent writers who…

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In Praise of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

Last night, we braved the ice storm to watch the gorgeous adaptation of my all-time favorite childhood book, Little Women. My whole family piled in the van, representing three generations…

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God is Tired

It takes courage toRead the newspapers. Each monthMore bad news about Our failure to quitFossil fuels and buying cheapStuff that will end up On a barge at seaPoisoning the oceans…