I’m almost hesitant to jump into the massive collection of stories about J.D. Salinger’s death last week. So many good articles have been written about the literary genius whose last days were spent in isolation in New Hampshire…away from the probing eyes of the public. Most of those articles were by people who either knew […]

AHA! MOMENT: exclamation of surprise or delighted discovery, c.1386, from ah + ha.

In spite of the fact that she has popularized the idea lately, Oprah Winfrey did not invent the term “AHA! MOMENT.” It is a term with which I have been familiar throughout my life. But I have to admit that I was shocked to discover that it dates all the way back to the 14th […]

EAVESDROPPING: listening in on a neighbor's conversation.

When I took a writing course at Brown University two years ago we learned the techniques of eavesdropping in normal, everyday experiences. It was a good exercise in listening carefully to the ACTUAL way conversations emerge…not necessarily the way writers frequently like to depict them. Actual conversations between people aren’t on point much of the […]


CONFIRMATION: Something that confirms, as a corroborative statement or piece of evidence CONFORMATION: The structure or outline of an item or entity, determined by the arrangement of its parts. Well, as I somewhat expected, there has been speedy and ample response to the President’s State of the Union Address by Members of Congress. Yesterday there […]


There is an abundance of opportunity for you to read the words of President Obama’s State of the Union Address on the web, in the papers, and elsewhere today. I won’t duplicate those opportunities here. Rather, I thought I’d share a few “asides” which caught my attention. Please bear with me. + It always bothers […]

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I had a dream tonight. It seems like the dream went on all night long, although I’m told that’s unlikely. It seemed as if I was supposed to make my dream the topic of today’s posting, but I’ve spent the past hour trying hard to reject it. There are lots of political issues swirling around […]