Category Archives: On Writing
When we entered a medical supply store, the woman standing behind a long counter was focused on putting staples in a stapler. Our approach did not solicit her attention. Aware that the store was closing in ten minutes, I asked, … Continue reading
So happy to read this article in The New York Times. For all of you who took my courses in nonfiction literature at Queens College, CUNY or Teachers College, Columbia University, here’s another reminder of why I love nonfiction and … Continue reading
Because I’m frequently asked about my writing process, I’ve put together a collection of selected writings, including blog posts and book talks that elucidate aspects of my process for writing “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That … Continue reading
My basement office has a window with a view of our bird feeders, so I can take writing breaks by watching the birds . . . our regulars – – a red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches, sparrows, mourning … Continue reading
Lucky, lucky us–two nights in a row of going to the Metropolitan Opera, and tomorrow is the radio broadcast! It happened this way because we had to exchange tickets once my teaching schedule got set.
Last day of 2008–it’s snowing, I’m listening to the Classical Countdown on WQXR–#9 “most favorite work” is Verdi’s “Requiem”–a very special piece of music for me: oh, so, many years ago, my father shared his passion for it with me. … Continue reading
Following up on my last post about the urging readers to consider the writer-the what/why/how she/he does in a piece of writing–check out Diana B. Henriques’ front page article in today’s The New York Times (“Madoff Scheme Kept Rippling Outward, … Continue reading
We had a lively discussion in my Issues in Children’s Literature class at Queens College about the use of ellipses. It seems that young writers are being taught to use ellipses to indicate increasing tension, a use that was new … Continue reading
The act of writing is putting one word after another. That’s why we should start teaching writing by teaching youngsters–to LOVE words, one by one.