B is for Breakfast

Meals and memories intertwined again. I think I’m done writing about food, but there’s always more.

My latest personal essay, “B is for Breakfast,” is published online at Hobart–read it here.

Can lunch and dinner be far behind?


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Running While Old

The title speaks for itself. Running presents challenges to everyone, but some are unique and others take on special meaning as the years accrue.

“Running While Old” was published this summer in Raven Chronicles, a fat and fabulous print issue with the provocative theme of “Last Call.” I’ve posted it here.

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The Years by Annie Ernaux: Memoir of a Generation

The Years is a recent memoir by a French writer, Annie Ernaux. The Years is also the title of Virginia Woolf’s 1937 novel. Doubly intrigued, I read Ernaux and marveled at the way she tells her story, never using the word “I,” so that it stands as a collective memoir of a generation, hers and mine. I also found a bridge between Ernaux and Woolf.

I’m grateful to the editors of Bloomwho gave me an enthusiastic go-ahead when I pitched this piece to them and now feature it online here.

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Y is for You

I’ve had the privilege of contributing to two of Spry Literary Magazine’s ABCs of Writing Series – the first on writing creative nonfiction (“M is for Mentors,” 2016) and now the ABCs of Flash Writing.

This time I chose the letter “Y” and discuss writing from a second person point of view. Read “Y is for You” here. And if you’re a writer interested in flash, try A through X and Z too.

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Jesus Saves, I Don’t

or, “when in doubt, throw it out.”

Hoarders, unless they overdo it, are looked upon with compassion and empathy, but anti-hoarders, non-savers–there isn’t even an un-negative name for us–are eyed with suspicion. What are these hard-hearted Hannahs hiding?

I’m taking my chances on outing myself as a shredder. My essay in which I tell all (well, not all) has been published by Ascent, and you can read “Jesus Saves, I Don’t” here. 


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On Driving

In a nutshell, I’d rather not. From the initial thrill of getting my driver’s license at 16 to wishing I could manage without it now, the story is here in the Spring issue of Rathalla Review. “On Driving” starts on page 11 of this e-journal–click here. 


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Flȃneur with Baedeker, or, Student of the Map

My newest published essay is about maps – physical, paper fold-out maps – my fondness for them, their pending extinction from everyday life, maps and guidebooks in my travels and sighted in literature. “Flaneur with Baedeker, or, Student of the Map” appears in the newest issue of the excellent Superstition Review. Read it here.

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