In “I Slept Well If You Slept Well,” Alison Condie Jaenicke recounts her trip to Zimbabwe to visit her sister who is serving in the Peace Corps. Part travel essay, part memoir, the piece explores a sibling relationship as well as cultural and familial perceptions of self and other. The author has generously shared some photographs… Continue reading
I remember when I was a kid how much I loved seeing the video clips on Mister Rogers of how crayons were made. Who knew they used such big machines to make my small crayons? And how fascinating the endless rows of red, blue, purple all in one line, marching into their little boxes. It… Continue reading
Be forewarned, you can spend a lot of time at The Lively Morgue, the photo archive of The New York Times. A recent favorite: the circus comes to town and elephants walk down 2nd Avenue.
If you ask writers about their habits (excluding drinking, running, and I also know many who would say pie-making), invariably they will list note-taking and reading. This blog category, Sketchbook and Shares, is inspired by these habits. Your sketchbook may be a leather moleskin, a spiral notebook, an iphone, or a crumpled napkin. Regardless, it… Continue reading
Recently, I came across these two quotes from Rebecca Solnit used to describe to the influence of place on writers. “…places become the tangible landscape of memory, the places that made you, and in some way you too become them. They are what you can possess and what in the end possesses you.” And: “Every… Continue reading