Eowyn Ivey's first book, The Snow Child is the perfect story to read while snuggled under a warm blanket. This is a book I wish I'd written. A little bit of fantasy, a lot of amazing characters, and beautiful prose make this a top pick of mine. You cannot go wrong with Bernd Heinrich no … Continue reading The Booklist; great winter reads.
Note: This piece originally appeared in EQUUS Magazine. Everyone knows a horse like Folly. An ordinary horse. He never had a string of blue ribbons hung on his stall or a trophy in the tack room with his name on it. And while it’s true that Folly stylishly jumped a log or two in his … Continue reading An Ordinary Horse
(This month, I have the honor of showcasing my sister's whimsical artwork. I hope to share more of Shaun Judith King's artwork in future posts!) I work on a critical care unit in a city hospital. In the peak days of the Coronavirus pandemic, our leaders moved us around like human chess pieces, depending on … Continue reading Small Talk
This year our neighbors, Bob and Bette, swiped our Christmas tree. A couple of weeks before Christmas, they walked through our meadow and stumbled upon a little spruce tree growing on the path that connects our properties. Spruce trees are rare here in the northwest hills of Connecticut. Most of our fir trees are white … Continue reading O Tannenbaum
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.
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.
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.
I'm so honored that the Elizabeth Ayers Center for Creative Writing chose my essay as the winner of their October photo prompt contest. You can visit the Center at http://www.creativewritingcenter.com for online classes, retreats, and compassionate writerly advice. I highly recommend their newsletter and blog. After the Fall by Karen Elizabeth Baril This year, it's … Continue reading After the Fall
When I was a kid, Yorkshire Pudding was a staple side dish in my British-born household, especially at the the holidays. Mom would make the muffin-style Yorkshires and we'd fill them with a spoonful of meat drippings. Definitely not health food. So when my boyfriend arrived for that first holiday dinner, I wasn't sure what … Continue reading Yorkshire Pudding
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