Blog

Not long ago I had the occasion to write the Editor’s Notes for River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, the creative nonfiction journal a colleague and I have edited since 1999. I wrote on April 22, but knew the production and printing typical for these sorts of journals would mean my notes would not appear for some six months. I found myself consumed by the Covid-19 crisis that April morning. It seemed impossible to ignore it. After all, we writers want to write about what matters, and this matters very, very much. But I could hardly imagine what to write. What...

Last Thursday I attended a webinar organized by Faith in Public Life Ohio called “Counteracting Anti-Semitism and Dangerous Narratives in the Time of COVID-19.” The call included several rabbi friends from the Columbus area with whom we partner in BREAD.  After the call I had an email exchange with Rabbi Rick Kellner.  His congregation, Beth Tikvah, is just up the road from where we live.  I asked him how rising antisemitism has impacted the congregation.  With his permission, I share...

Listening to self-care techniques so much recently, I challenged myself to listen.  It seemed there were many broken threads from things I used to do – face-to-face visits with neighbors and friends, walks on the beach seeing new turtle nesting sites, eating out.  I was feeling frazzled and frayed.

My work with Peace by Piece (PxP), our Covenant Mennonite Fellowship comforter-making group (and little cousin to Piecemakers), was weighing on me.  I had the joy of having stands and sticks – and no one to help put fabrics in the frame! 

So I examined the tapestry of my life,...

From the vantage point of today, February feels like 100 years ago.  I also tabulated how many weeks I’ve been doing virtual classes from home, and I think this is the 10th week.  It feels like only a minute.  As weeks stack atop weeks, dates and events begin to blur together.

At the onstart of the stay-at-home order, our oldest daughter and her three children moved in with our household of seven and stayed for five weeks. Fortunately, we had just received a large shipment of Grove Collaborative toilet paper and after hitting up Gordon Food...

I read slower now.  And I read as swiftly as ever.

I was surprised several weeks into “lockdown” and working from (at?) home that I finish a book much slower now.  I love a good book - the only kind I read.  A book on my reading list is there because it promised to interest me when I learned of it.  And my list is important.  It is one of two bookmarks: the list of books I’ve finished in the current year (with the date noted) and the list of books to read.  I read from the top and add desired titles to the bottom, giving a forecast of my...

Pages