Account for Magic

Account for Magic

When I was very young, I spent many evenings listening as my father told me and my older brother stories he invented on the spot. They were what he called his Black Jack the Pirate and the Golden Princess series, and they involved daring rescues, flying turtles, ominous birds of prey, and lots of cliffhangers. […]

Try Something New

Try Something New

The joy I get out of going to a museum is experiencing visual art in all of its breathtaking and jarring forms.  I am of the gaze-first-read-description-later type; I’m less interested in who created a work than in the emotions it evokes, the mental paradigms that get shifted around, and the connection I make to […]

Read To Write

Read To Write

I often worry that I might be spending too much time reading, and not enough time writing. Perhaps I should put aside the biography I’m halfway through, or at least not start a new book until I have finished writing my children’s book. Then I come to my senses. Reading is not just a pastime […]