The December podcast of my Booknotes series on WBJC

The December podcast of my Booknotes series on WBJC

The tradition of Jolabokaflod is relatively new to me, but it's one I adore. Every year since World War II, when paper was one of the few things not rationed in Iceland, Icelanders have given books for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, they exchange books and then sit in...

Winter Newsletter 2021

Winter Newsletter 2021

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” ― Haruki Murakami   Picking up the theme of a recent blog post, Concentric circles within the Baltimore writing community, my starting point for this seasonal...

Marking Juneteenth

Marking Juneteenth

Juneteenth—or Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day—has been marked since June 19, 1866; the first anniversary of General Order No. 3 that Union General Gordon Granger issued on June 19, 1865. The Order conveyed the news of the Emancipation...

Summer Newsletter 2021

Summer Newsletter 2021

Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance. ― Yoko Ono Fun Fact: Yoko Ono became a permanent resident of the...

Immigrants: What We Carry With Us

Immigrants: What We Carry With Us

      What a gift to hear someone else read your words—especially when that someone else has a voice like Jon Shorr. Thank you, Passager Books, for sharing my words! Please click on play below.    

Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter   I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older. ― Virginia Woolf I hope you're continuing to keep safe and sane as we look forward to a change of season. During the months of quarantining—that are about to...

Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

“History says don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed for tidal wave Of justice can rise up And hope and history rhyme.” — Seamus Heaney And so, we find ourselves in the final month of this annus horribilis—and since we've just...