Magic and Change, Octavia Butler and J. K. Rowling

Friends, I am in a bisected emotional space, feeling contentment and frustration, happiness and sadness, fear and hope, grief and delight. I can conjure many reasons for this state but more important, I think, than understanding is sitting with it, soaking in it, letting it be what it is. Intriguingly, the universe has given me … Continue reading Magic and Change, Octavia Butler and J. K. Rowling

With a Monkey on Your Back: Patti Smith’s ‘Year of the Monkey’

I finished Patti Smith's newest memoir, Year of the Monkey, within earshot of the Crooked River in, fortuitously enough, Smith Rock State Park. Several birds and an airplane added to the river's babbling. In the morning, M and I climbed, then he went for a run and I hunted up this sheltered spot to finish … Continue reading With a Monkey on Your Back: Patti Smith’s ‘Year of the Monkey’

When Parts of Speech Offend! A modest defense

Last week, Pope Francis threw adjectives under the bus, saying, that he is "allergic" to qualifiers and that "we have forgotten the strength of nouns." The Pope believes adjectives divide and create hierarchies among Christians and seems dubious about them altogether. Image by Greg Waskovich from Pixabay He's not wrong. Adjectives are judgey, imposing their … Continue reading When Parts of Speech Offend! A modest defense