“I write because I am a woman trying to stand up in my life. I write because to form a word with your lips and tongue or think a thing and then dare to write it down so you can never take it back is the most powerful thing I know.” — Natalie Goldberg, Writing […]
On August 12, 2013, my friend Jon Lennard was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike in Memorial Park. Four months later, Chelsea Norman, a beloved Whole Foods employee who was well-known in Houston’s cycling community, was struck and killed on her way home from work. Chelsea’s death became the flashpoint for […]
How was your 2016? Celebrity deaths and the US Election aside, I know a whole lot of people who had a really, really awful year.
About 10 kilometers outside of The Hague, in a small seaside community called Kijkduin, there are two stone monoliths. One is nestled into an oval-shaped crater, hidden from the road and accessible only via a set of stairs and a tunnel. The other is high on a hill, overlooking both the crater and the North […]
Every once in a while the right book comes along at the right time. I’ve had Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones on my bookshelf in Houston for years. I’ve seen it recommended many times, but I must admit to a certain weariness towards books about writing. For one thing, it’s the procrastinator’s MO to […]
A few weeks ago C and I took a ferry to Noord to check out IJ-Hallen, the largest flea market in Europe. To get there, we rode our bikes to Central Station and then took the free ferry to Noord. It’s about a five-minute ride across the River t’IJ. Much of Noord is made up of repurposed […]
I have a goal at the beginning of each year to read one book a week. Last year I managed to read 16 books, so not great! But also not too shabby either. My favorite books I read last year were Swamplandia!, a sort of magical realist tale set in the swamp of rural Florida, […]