Monthly Archives: November 2010

Simple Passion

One of my favorite muses is the ecrivain Annie Ernaux. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Ernaux I’m re-reading her memoir, Simple Passion. Here is how it ends: “When I was a child, luxury was fur coats, evening dresses, and villas by the sea. Later on, … Continue reading

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Brenda and the Shaman

Of all the clairvoyants online Brenda chose Roberta because she worked as a shaman. “I don’t know what to do,” Brenda said. “I just don’t seem to be attracting the right men. My disasters are increasing by leaps and bounds.” … Continue reading

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Excerpt From The Beginnings

My parents tried to integrate us into a Polish community. I was eight or nine then and my brother, Donny three years younger. Every Saturday morning we would trudge to Mrs. Olyshinski’s house where the children from the Polish community … Continue reading

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What I Learned From Natalie Goldberg. Go.

I’ve just come back from a weekend workshop with Natalie Goldberg on Memoir writing. It was given at Kripalu, a yoga center in Massachusetts where I like to go to resource every once in awhile. The way Natalie got us … Continue reading

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Excerpt from The Commemorative

It has been a year now since Diana died. Tomorrow I will be having my family over for a commemorative lunch. I look forward to this, in some ways like I might look forward to a party that I am … Continue reading

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We Want Something Beautiful

Just how I’m feeling these days.

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The Beauty of November

Here are some photos I took this morning while walking through the woods that lead into Mont Royal Cemetery in Montreal. “With forest branches and the trodden weed; Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought ” (John Keats … Continue reading

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