Notes From the Toolbox

How to Download your Writing

My oldest son used to love to say, "Back in the day." I hated it because he started to use it in his late twenties to refer not only to his childhood but to mine; his inflection made it sound like this, “You know, back in the day like in the Middle Ages, you remember,...

High Anxiety

4 November 2020­— the United States’ presidential election was yesterday. Voting by mail was huge thanks to Covid-19, and early voting was as popular as a summer action flick, and yet, no winner has been called. I remember when High Anxiety was just a movie by Mel...

BIG MAGIC’s Magic

If you’ve managed to avoid, or have not yet reached the senior moments in life, you may recall how I was kidnapped by Chuck Palahniuk. His memoir, Consider This, is a must read for any writer with a desire to extract the cement from their writing. One of my goals for...

Rewrites

Abigail and I came across Isabel and her dog Dot the other day. They used to be Weekenders. But once Governor Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses close statewide, they became permanent dwellers in the acreage next to mine. Isabel is an architectural historian,...

Unexpected Inspiration

One of my friends starts chemo today (that’s yesterday in your world dear friends, readers and voyeurs). In order to combat the mounting dread of the procedure and perhaps to sidestep the potential side effects, she decided to put together a meditation board of funny...

A Passageway to Hope

My neighbor and I barely see each other. We literally can’t see each other because her house sits on the hill behind mine and is obscured by the forest between us. Acres of land surround all the houses in the area where I live. About once a month we wave from our...