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
Writers and visual artists are often asked this question; Where do you get your ideas? I'm one of those people who is never short of ideas. It's bringing them to fruition that challenges me most. But, if you're a writer or visual artist, engaging in new experiences can spark an idea for your next project. … Continue reading Where Inspiration Lives; treat yourself to an Artist’s Date.
Are you a closet bathroom reader? (You can lie about it, but you'll have to live with that lie for the rest of your life.) Anyway, here are a few of my favorite books for reading on the throne. The connection between our gut and our mood. This makes perfect sense to me. Fascinating! … Continue reading The Booklist; great books to read on the throne.
This morning, the girl at the McDonalds drive-thru handed me coffee without making eye contact. She wasn't being rude. I don't think she could see me. At some point between yesterday and today, she'd caved to the latest beauty fad, blinking from under an absurdly thick fringe of false eyelashes. She had to grope around … Continue reading Blinded by Beauty