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”

Have You Ever Won Anything?

         It was 1995. Home with three young daughters, I joined a weekly women’s writing group led by Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider. A fledgling poet,  I read my poems aloud for the first time. Yet to be discovered was the arduous journey from silence to freedom that this process of writing andContinue reading “Have You Ever Won Anything?”

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  “

Hope Is the Thing With Feathers

Throughout my life, I’ve taken little interest in Emily Dickinson’s poetry (a daring admission here in Dickinson’s neighborhood). Until now, that is. Nor did I understand why my mother often referred to Emily Dickinson as her favorite poet. Decades ago, shortly after my move to Amherst with my young daughters, my mother took them toContinue reading “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers”