January 28, 2019

Sometimes inspiration comes on the winding road to Jerusalem.

Up, up, past the war-scarred forest the city suddenly appears,

a mirage of its ancient splendor.

Sometimes it’s stirring in the waters of the Dead Sea,

an illusion of calm,

a witch's brew of magnesium, bromide, a...

December 5, 2018

I promised to stay with you, for better or for worse.  Yes, I promised.

I remained loyal, despite the fact that it kept getting worse.

For years I grappled with what was going on.  This was not what marriage was supposed to be.

Trying to survive, day by day.

Pretending tha...

November 29, 2018

Unlike the cat, I escaped.  I am a free woman now, free to do as I please, without fear.  But this was not always so.  Following is an excerpt from my journal, many years ago:

And now it's morning, time to continue exploring the ache, to go back in time, to re...

November 28, 2018

It began soon after we met.  And it began with his shame.  I had a bright yellow dress with a low neckline.  One day, during a fit of rage, he grabbed the front of my dress and tore it right down the middle.  

That night, in bed, he broke down and cr...

November 26, 2018

One of the questions I'm often asked is "Why didn't you tell anyone?" 

Even now, years later, I'm wary, careful about what I reveal.  

He made sure I didn't tell anyone.  He made sure I understood the consequences of telling.   

So whenever he went into a r...

October 25, 2018

When creating a collage, I pick up a handful of words cut from newspaper headlines, spread them on the table, and look for hidden messages, things my sub-conscious is trying to communicate to me.  Today the words “chance” and “choice” asked to be paired.

Last night I dr...

October 20, 2018

The writing life is a state, not a state of mind, but a state of being, a way of sifting the world into language.  Just as a photographer’s eye is attuned to shape, shadow, and form, so a writer is attuned to complications, contradictions, and contrasts.

Life hurries by...

June 9, 2018

My creative process relies a lot on association.  Today, as I grabbed a pile of words and lay them out on the table, the word View caught my eye. I have been contemplating life and death since my mother died in January, so what I saw was the word Vie (French for Life)...

June 6, 2018

According to Wikipedia, the Rorschach test is “a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation…” It goes on to say that “Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality...