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Quitting Social Media

On September 10, 2017, a Sunday, I deleted my Facebook account. I did not do this impulsively. I did it consciously. I even “gave notice”, as if I were leaving a job and wanted to make sure I received a … Continue reading

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Dear Karen, Your letter about layers has made me think of the layers of my own history, manifest in certain pains that I am grappling with now. These layers, layers I thought long ago put to rest with therapy and … Continue reading

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Life and love and making art

Dearest Nancy: First and again and again, if I haven’t said it this long summer week, thank you for writing me and telling me to take care of myself.  In the midst of mother-care and father-visiting and driving back roads … Continue reading

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Dear Karen, I have read and reread your letter many times. This is what struck me the most, it was in reference to leaving the job: “It’s as if I have turned in my sweatshirt that identifies me as a … Continue reading

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Moving On

Dear Karen, How do you move on to a new work? What are your techniques for leaving one story behind and starting another one? I am finding it very difficult. It feels like all the things I know about writing, … Continue reading

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