Committed

Today marks my second writing appointment. It’s on my calendar now for Fridays at 9:00 a.m., a parting gift from the NYC writer’s workshop I attended two weeks ago. But I am so tired and fuzzy and unclear what to write. There are so many shoulds in my brain right now. There’s laundry heaped high […]

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Inside Your Pages

Last week, I read some bad news about my college, as if I needed some bad news to add to all the other bad news. Every time so many of us have turned on NPR or scrolled through our newspaper feed, we see something terribly shocking. We see something we didn’t think was possible, like […]

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So That Happened, Now Move On

It was one of those days where your morning goes well. Say, you are a teacher, and that first class was the kind you wish for each day, the one wherein students can’t stop talking and debating about an issue. The best. Days. Ever. For teachers. Then, your next class wasn’t very engaged in the […]

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Tiny Acts of Hope

There’s a line from a Stevie Smith poem that has been haunting me lately: “I was much further out than you thought/And I was not waving but drowning.” Let that sink in a minute. Picture the scene. A person out in the ocean, waving. Only, not really. During moments of real stress in our lives, […]

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Inside the Marriage Walls

At the inn where my husband and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary, there was a dead moth on the window sill inside the tiled shower, a closet-size space somewhat narrow and long, with a bright smudge of light coming through the opaque window on the wall opposite the shower head. The moth, such […]

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The Day I Decided

Do you know what happened, that year I decided that keeping up with grading wasn’t crucial? Do you know what happened, that time I decided that having faults was OK, and I started admitting to students I couldn’t spell chrysanthemums – and only learned after writing it so many times on the board during lectures […]

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The Month of Hurricanes

My husband and I got married in the month of hurricanes; that is, we married in September, ten years ago. I’ve always had a an aversion to stormy weather, but the Jewish New Year and the beginning of fall, with its early leaves that turn colors and drop, have special places in my heart. Of […]

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