Category Archives: Postings

Names

I was asked again the other day how I come up with the names of characters. In hindsight I wish I’d said that the right name gives me the scent of the character. Then like an old dog on the … Continue reading

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Summer

The other evening we noticed a huge bumblebee take an interest in the underside of the porch railing, in the cavity left open by a missing spindle. We watched it investigate and then make itself at home, curling upside down … Continue reading

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Smart Girl

My daughter sent me back to the drawing board. “Think about what’s driving each character,” she said, after reading my attempt at a play. “What makes this night different from every other night?” The question gets asked every Passover and … Continue reading

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Daughter

I promised my daughter I would write her a play. The promise has been floating in the air for several years already, sincere but vague and open-ended. A few weeks ago I trotted out the promise once again because she’s … Continue reading

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Home

I arrived home several days ago to the old, ongoing question of how to get new writing done when the business of life occupies your mind. My father’s health took a nasty turn in my absence and my sister and … Continue reading

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Notes from a book tour

How do you keep your head on straight during a book tour? Besides having regular little talks with your ego. I brought along the tiny volume of letters between Margaret Laurence and Gabrielle Roy. They wrote to each other starting … Continue reading

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Welcome to the blog

I took my old feet into a shoe store for women with old feet and came out with beautiful, ankle-high Fluevog boots into which I’ve put an additional insole. Now comes the quiet suspense of seeing whether my feet will … Continue reading

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