I went to high school and college in the 80s, which means some of my formative years were spent in the period of American culture that particularly revolved around wearing the right […]
My Best Love Affair? May-December Romance FTW!
Out of all the love affairs of my life, the most unlikely has by far been the most satisfying and most loving— the affair with a man twenty-five years my senior. We’ve been together fifteen years. Things have changed, but not in the way you might expect.
August Siren Salon: Does the Latest Breaking News Kill or Cure Your Creativity?
Does staying informed tune you into the zeitgeist or plummet you into paralysis? Are you able to stop the 24-hour news monster from gobbling up all your writing time? Do you secretly fear that if you unplug, your art […]
Four Ways to Regain Creative Joy￼
For our first Siren Salon, we decided to take on a topic that was suggested more than once by respondents to our survey: rediscovering joy in creating and the creativity we had […]
This Is Just Another Storm
A storm came through the other night. Things can move fast here. There’s one type of Florida storm that crops up in the afternoon, in the middle of a perfectly blue sky […]
The Summer Vacation of My Dreams
I’ve always been a fan of summer vacation. Lazy, hazy days of freedom are my jam. Give me an early sunrise, swimming pools, walking shoes or sandals, outdoor concerts, ice cold tonic […]
Hack Your Mood With Two Surprisingly Simple Tools
One of coolest things I ever did was design a Nature Writing Class for Eckerd College. We held class outdoors in nature preserves all over the county. My aim was to help […]
JOIN US FOR OUR NEW SIREN SALONS
Do you ever look back at when you first started writing—college or high school or even before that—and remember the joy that writing itself brought you? Do you remember how it felt […]
Comings and Goings in “Sometimes the Light”: A Book Review
Campbell, Rick, Sometimes the Light. Charlotte, NC: Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2022. If you’re a fan of travel narratives, I recommend the essays in Sometimes the Light by Rick Campbell, a […]
Building Community in the Online Age
I began my writing career in an analog time. We got our news from Poets & Writers, the AWP Chronicle, and good (or bad) old-fashioned gossip. We wrote letters and put stamps […]