You Smile Upon Your Friend Today

You smile upon your friend to-day, To-day his ills are over; You hearken to the lover’s say, And happy is the lover. ‘Tis late to hearken, late to smile, But better late than never; I shall have lived a little while Before I die for ever. A. E. Housman

While shepherds watched their flocks . . .

  While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The angel of the Lord came down, And glory shone around And glory shone around. “Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread Had seized their troubled minds; “Glad tidings of great joy I bring To you and all mankind To you and…

Do Your Characters Need Therapy?

I’ve been to therapy. I wanted to be told I was basically a good person. A friend just told me he would only go to a therapist who was a lot like him. Another said she sometimes went for access to drugs. Are writers therapists? Is writing their therapy? We all know about writers who…

Prolonging Youth

“Yes, I too think there is lots to be said for being no longer young: and I do most heartily agree that it is just as well to be past the age when one expects or desires to attract the other sex. It’s natural enough in our species, as in others, that the young birds…

School Days

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.” Gandhi

A Mother Who Read to Me

The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan I had a mother who read to me Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea, Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth, “Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath. I had a Mother who read me lays Of ancient and gallant and golden days; Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe, Which every…

Meet Chloe Sevigny (the goat) on Instagram

I’ve been moonlighting lately. After a month of blizzards, animal births and foster kid drama my mind is a bit fried. But I can still take pictures! ENTER INSTAGRAM. It’s surprisingly fun. Photo shoots with goats are fun. HERE’S MY LINK: ADRIENNE MORRIS I’m also on Twitter now but still haven’t figured out what it’s…