What You Do When Everything Is Fine


Literology

I have wondered more than once whether, if a bank teller drew on my hands with one of those counterfeit bill detector markers and forced them under the light for examination, I’d have tells like those of a fake twenty. The word fraudcrosses my mind sometimes as I work stage right and stage left in […]

January 7, 2014

Open Mouths and Open Mics


The Little Literati

All that business about April being the cruelest month is true. (Eliot was right. Go figure.) I will add, however, that October and November can be incredibly hard on writers, too. Fall brings promises I cannot keep: a poem a day in October and a whole novel in November (visit NaNoWriMo.org for information about other […]

November 15, 2013

The Care and Keeping of Books


Literology

Daina, age 10, reading to Atticus at 3 months old. If there were a priest of all things literary, I would owe him a couple confessions. I read and finished exactly one Nicholas Sparks book before throwing it across the room as hard as I could. It was The Notebook, a movie I’d loved and […]

October 8, 2013

Three Three-sentence Conversations (October 4-6)


Literology

My daughter wanted to see three fall subjects this time around: wolves, costumes, and leaves. She actually listed a fourth—pie—but I told her we’d already covered pie. She loves a good pie poem. And, yes, I’ve written others before. one: WOLVES and the Dinner Date Cut Short “I don’t believe in wolves,” he said. “Werewolves, […]

October 6, 2013

“Pumpkins and Patches” (October 3)


Literology

When Daina texted me my autumnal poem topic for the day, I was reminded about how twelve year olds live unimpressed.  I hope you enjoy this poem. It caught me by surprise on my first reading. It could be a little moving if you’re feeling it. And here I was, thinking you might get a […]

October 4, 2013

“The Caterpillar and the Horse” (October 2)


Literology

My darling Daina has assigned me the subject of pie for today’s autumnal post. Not having much to say about pie, I asked whether she was sure. Her response was, “It’s done, Mom. It’s pie.” So, here is a pie poem. 10.2 The Caterpillar and the Horse “Are you content now?” said the Caterpillar. “Well, […]

October 2, 2013

“Why I Say Autumn” (October 1)


Literology

Each day in October, I will be writing a poem on the subjects related to all-things-autumn. Daina has already given me the list of leaves, Halloween decorations, House of Hades (a fantastic Percy Jackson book that’s coming out in seven days–but who’s counting? My daughter, that’s who!), costumes, and trick-or-treating with friends and family. Daina is a […]

October 2, 2013

The Kind of People Who Ban Books


Literology

My daughter is twelve, which means the good folks at Barnes and Noble believe she loves paranormal romance novels and books with vampires in them so much so that 80% of the shelves in their teen section carry one, the other, or some combination of the two. Consequently, it has been increasingly and incredibly difficult […]

September 26, 2013

We Give Books


The Little Literati

One of my favorite websites is WeGiveBooks.org. The site provides free access to children’s picture books online, and for every book you finish reading on the site, the organization gives one print book to a charity that promotes literacy.    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz4gD_nq4iI]The site offers a mix of digital copies of classics and newer books you can […]

September 19, 2013