Writers Conferences and Other Scary Things

I’m sure all adults could make a long list of constructive life experiences they avoid out of fear. When I was growing up, I was often coaxed into doing brave things for my own good. I gradually internalized the habit of pushing through my fears. But as an adult I also claimed the right to …

Mystery at Rehoboth Beach

A tiny black-and-white photo showed up shortly after Thanksgiving  among my treasures. On the back of it my mother had jotted, “Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: Aug. 56,” Someone had later taken scissors to the snapshot, cropping out the magical expanses of sand. I entrusted this dreamy image to an artist. She transformed it into a new …

Taking up Space

Ever since I discovered Family Constellation work in 2005,  I have been paying  attention to the more mysterious side of my family — Dad’s French Creole ancestors. While Mom used to regale us with delightful family stories– like the tale of her prim Scottish great-grandmother setting her new husband straight on their wedding night: “Na-na, …