My “Little Bit of Paradise”          In the 1920s, my grandparents and their three children lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts. As the owner of Yellin Dry Goods store in downtown Boston, my grandfather dreaded his daily commute by automobile to and from work. When he learned that a place called Hull, a lovely seaside town on Boston’sContinue reading “I LOVE HULL”


Tzebrokhnkayt: the quality of broken heartedness that gives strength in healing When twenty first-grade students and six adult staff members were murdered by a young adult assassin at Sandy Hook ten years ago, I reeled with feelings of rage, sadness, and horror. Yet almost immediately, as an elementary school counselor, I had to put personalContinue reading “Tzebrokhnkayt”

At the Christopher Heights Creative Writing Workshop  

At the Christopher Heights Assisted Living Residence located at Village Hill in Northampton, for the past three years I’ve had the privilege of substituting intermittently as facilitator of its Creative Writing Workshop, founded by admired local writer and photographer Peggy Gillespie.  Each participant brings a breadth of experiences and memories to the writing table eachContinue reading “At the Christopher Heights Creative Writing Workshop  “


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