To know a land, you must dream it.

William Least Heat-Moon wrote “Blue Highways”and for Christmas I received another one of his books “PrairyErth” (a deep map) for a gift of unusual substance from my husband. Transposing the details of a topographical map into a visional, a living landscape, is a hard task for me. My brain doesn’t compute the beauty of anyContinue reading “To know a land, you must dream it.”

Journal Writing of a Retired Female Police Officer # 2-During the Holiday Season:

  To show my appreciation, I made gifts for my watch and made sure they had a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal on me. Think about it. Nothing is open on Christmas, but Waffle House and, if I remember correctly, Dunkin’ Donuts. I think everyone had a good time at the holiday precinct parties, but theContinue reading “Journal Writing of a Retired Female Police Officer # 2-During the Holiday Season:”

How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women

An online course I took this fall through the University of Iowa International Writing Program  let me  exchange ideas on a global scale with professors and other writers. The five-week course was How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women. A video, reading and writing assignments, and optional readings were provided with each assignment. I workedContinue reading “How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women”

Journal Writings of a Retired Female Police Officer: #1 Entry

I find it hard to write about my police work experience. Writing fiction helps me transform the emotions into a positive and gain perspective. People keep asking for the non-fiction version; this is what I remember:   I left a police career because I felt I had fought the good fight and could fight noContinue reading “Journal Writings of a Retired Female Police Officer: #1 Entry”

Evan’s ‘Animation’

My friend Evan Guilford Blake, a playwright and novelist, recently read from his work at Atlanta Vintage Books. I had some thoughts about his book “Animation.” Evan takes the turning points in the life of a fifty-something unemployed divorced man. He weaves mundane events together with the significant moments. Aggie Agysytn, the main character, journeys fromContinue reading “Evan’s ‘Animation’”

If I wasn’t Married, I’d Marry A Tree

If I wasn’t married, I would marry a tree. Why? For example, the hardy sweet gum tree that was in my front yard for over thirty years knew how to set the stage for a peaceful dreamy evening. I’d sit on the porch with the tree nearby, and we take in our world, one breathContinue reading “If I wasn’t Married, I’d Marry A Tree”