Thursday, July 26, 2018


Henry turned twenty years old yesterday. He, like Oliver, doesn't have much to do with Sophie these days, yet the love is there. It's always been there. Sophie loves Henry so much that I can actually feel it.

I feel like writing off of this today, a day where everything is fraught with symbol.

I read this just now on the Paris Review website, thrilled that the French came easily to me:

Je voudrais vivre pour écrire. Non penser à autre chose qu’à écrire. Je ne prétend [sic] pas l’amour ni l’argent. Je ne veux pas penser, ni construire décemment ma vie. Je veux de la paix: lire, étudier, gagner un peu d’argent pour m’independiser [sic] de ma famille, et écrire.

They were written in 1959, in the diary of 23-year old Argentinean poet Alejandra Pizarnik. 

(I would like to live in order to write. Not to think of anything else other than to write. I am not after love nor money. I don’t want to think nor decently build my life. I want peace: to read, to study, to earn some money so that I become independent from my family, and to write.)

With news of a con-woman in what passes for the literary world these days, I'm staving off cynicism that the whole thing is a racket.  I had an encounter with her some years ago on Facebook. She made derisive comments about those who don't vaccinate their children -- something about morality. I objected and as I so often do after exchanges like that, receded. Wary.

Sophie had two seizures this morning before 6:00 am. Brief, yet. Yet as an operative word because -- you know -- a seizure is a seizure. There's a full moon coming, yet. It's all where you place a word. Yet, we are not supposed to attribute seizures to full moons.


  1. As always, awesome post! Con woman? You’ve piqued my curiosity.

  2. OM,....I know the energies they are so intense!!!...I wish strenght for you ,family!!...Full moon and Eclipse....sending love an dprayers to you!

  3. Oh, how I love this post! All you want to do is write. All I want to do is read. Last night I had a melancholy flow over me because I am losing my eyesight. It will eventually lead to transplants but what about between that time when reading will be taken away from me?

    My kids went through a phase when they didn’t really have much to do with each other. I think it’s just part of the whole idea of spreading their wings and discovering who they are apart from family. But now! I can’t tell you how it makes me laugh that they now work together!

    When your book comes out I will be one of the first in line for a copy. I will then send it to you to sign.

  4. I must be out of the loop when it comes to all things literary.
    How beautiful Henry and Sophie are.

  5. We are not to attribute the Full Moon to the high incidents of Mental Health Symptoms that occur either... yet... And Happy Birthday to your Handsome Son!

  6. That beautiful picture of your two older children just shines with love.

  7. Who's the con woman? I have no idea what you're alluding to there. I love the picture of Henry and Sophie. And I could translate that French too, much to my surprise!



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