What Lies Beneath

Dateline—May 2016, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks I am at dinner in our hotel in the Grand Tetons. At the table next to ours, a woman and her pre-school grandson sit, heads-together and leaning over a book. “That is the sacred heart of Jesus!” the grandmother says. I recall this image from my Catholic girlhood. The child probably wonders, like I did, why Jesus wears his heart on the outside of his robe. It’s … Read more…

Dramatic Writing Workshop

“Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” ~Tennessee Williams~ Join a four-week workshop Begins, Wednesday, March 30 (meets consecutive Wednesdays through April 20) 6:30 to 8:30 PM Shape & Flow Studio, #123 Mellwood Arts  Center Cost:  $100 For aspiring drama … Read more…

Moscow Underground

“But why do you want to go to Russia?” Our answers varied, depending upon the audience: Because it is a very old country; Because John loves Russian literature; Because it is our 30th anniversary, and we want to do something amazing.” The tone of the repeating question, “Why Russia?” resembled the question that our suburban neighbors asked when we moved to urban Old Louisville six years ago. “Why do you want to move down there?” they said. Such … Read more…

On Accessibility

Let me share a bit of exposition. Among the literati in the writing community, accessibility is not a virtue.  In a workshop, while studying for my MFA, a writing colleague attempted a polite critique. “Your writing . . . it’s . . . well . . . so accessible.” You might think that being understood is commendable. Alas, in the literary world, “you are SO accessible,” is similar to the sentiment conveyed when a kindly southern … Read more…