Category Archives: Books and publications

My Mother’s Books

In her better days, my mother loved books. Often she would remove them from the bookcase at the assisted living residence and carry them back into her room with her like stolen treasures. Whether or not she read them in … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

This week I’ve been immersed in Naples, finishing The Story of The Lost Child, the fourth and final of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. Isn’t it amazing (and wonderful) how a good book can absorb you, sweeping you away from your own … Continue reading

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Of Soap and Songs

Some people seem to possess a special vitality and spark that translates into constant action and creativity. It doesn’t matter what form it takes, they  have to craft an object, concoct a recipe, or render a feeling into painting, poetry, … Continue reading

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A Sense of California (Via Books)

The question was asked of us by intelligent and genuinely curious friends while we were far from home: What books should one read, novels or nonfiction, to get a real sense of California, to understand its history and its present? … Continue reading

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A Little Book Of Poems

Sometimes I just like the feel of a book even without knowing what’s inside. That’s the way it was with this one, which I found in a charity shop on the Cowley Road in Oxford. It’s a tiny volume, and … Continue reading

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Yearning for Rain

There are plenty of photos I could post of stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches at low tide, but I wanted to acknowledge another reality. We are in dire need of rain.  I spent the first half of my life in … Continue reading

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Probability: Zero

Monarch butterflies have been darting gaily about the treetops, and there’s a bright, waxing moon but I’ve glimpsed some shooting stars too.  In the afternoon light the hills look so plushly fleshed out and fur-colored they almost seem to breathe, and … Continue reading

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Getting There

As the title says, we’re getting there! It’s a book, and that’s the cover (designed by Kam Jacoby), and it’s almost ready. Think of it as notes from a journey, a field guide of memories and meditations, a road trip … Continue reading

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