snapping turtle

She heaves her terrible body out of the black mud,Like the monster in a Grade B movie.You know the movie I meanWhere the townsfolk run off, screaming from the hill,even though–the monster has yet to make a single aggressive gesture.Hasn’t made so much as an off-color remark even.I understand the running.It’s the screaming that puts … Continue reading snapping turtle

Great Books for Horse Lovers; even if you’ve never owned a horse and don’t plan on getting one.

It's no secret that I love horses. I've been blessed to have spent most of my adult life either riding or just being around horses. I love horses. I think most people love horses even if the only horse they've ever ridden was on the Coney Island carousel. Horses fascinate me. They're a living miracle … Continue reading Great Books for Horse Lovers; even if you’ve never owned a horse and don’t plan on getting one.

Story Seeds; writing prompts for non-writers.

If you think you have a story to tell, you're right. Everyone who has experienced fear, sadness, rage, love, loneliness, has a story worth telling. In many of my writing workshops, new writers doubt their talent. They also question their depth of experience- they think if they haven't been held captive by marauding pirates or … Continue reading Story Seeds; writing prompts for non-writers.

Poetry for People who Don’t Like Poetry. No, really. This stuff will knock you flat.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. ___ William Blake I have a confession to make. I love poetry. Yes, I'm one of those people, but I have a theory for those of … Continue reading Poetry for People who Don’t Like Poetry. No, really. This stuff will knock you flat.

Black Friday; everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.

I'm not much of a shopper, unless I'm in a saddle shop surrounded by the scent of new leather and a life-sized horse mannikin. I've never gone wonky over a sale on big screen televisions and I don't get the vapors over shoe sales. Sad to say, all the media hype around Black Friday does … Continue reading Black Friday; everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.

The Booklist; great books to read over the holidays.

Many of you will be getting together with your quirky relatives over the holidays. Why not bring along a book with interesting characters? You know, for the downtime when Aunt Martha is sleeping off her third glass of port. Alias Grace is a favorite of mine. After reading the book, indulge in the miniseries. It … Continue reading The Booklist; great books to read over the holidays.

5-Rules for Writing About the People You Love

It's easy to tell an embarrassing truth about someone else. Actually, as a writer, I get a perverse pleasure from it. I can tuck the truth into a piece of fiction and no one will ever be the wiser or I can tell it outright in an essay and call it art. Still, sharing other … Continue reading 5-Rules for Writing About the People You Love