Reading Matters: Mumbai, New York, Scranton: A Memoir!

Mumbai, New York,  Scranton by Tamara Shopsin Quirky and beautifully written, this book is essential reading. It starts as a real time memoir or reportage of a vacation in and around India – the pictures and text written and photographed with an immediacy that is very engaging and draws us into the story.  The book…

The Mid Summer Fire

June contains a great turning pointing in the year as the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, pauses there for a moment on June 21st and then begins the descent back towards Autumn and Winter. The date was marked by our farming ancestors as a date to remember that all would turn again…

Reading Matters for the New Year

Hello 2017! So I am reading through blogs and newsletters on the internet, looking for inspiration, motivation for connection. You see, I want to be moved by something, anything to feel my stone heart leap. And then suddenly, it’s there for me in this short story. My entry point was listening to Lydia Davis read…

On being a Mum

Yesterday, Alison asked me what I wrote about on my blog. And I couldn’t answer. I froze. And then waffled. And sold myself short (again). It struck me as odd that’s all and I merely write and observe upon this experience below. Why do I write? I write here because something in me compells me…

Creating Vital Space

And it seems I am not the only one who hungers….. This gorgeous extract (written by Florinda Colavin) feeds my soul more than any food could…. “April 30, 1981.  Eleven a.m. ……I sit at the typewriter and write. The quiet of the house seeps into my bones and nurtures me. Writing is a way of…