Friday, February 13, 2015

Everybody’s Valentine

This Valentine’s Day marks Granddad’s 91st birthday. It’s appropriate he was born on Valentine’s Day; he’s everyone’s Valentine. Granddad exudes sweetness from his core. He looks on the bright side when there is no bright side. He’s thrilled by life’s simplest, most mundane pleasures, like an ice cold, overly priced Coors Light at Santa Anita Park. He’s a king among chick magnets, and yet, his heart is dedicated to Granny, whom he married more than 70 years ago.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

‘The Highest Degree of Madeness’

Happier Hour: An Evening with Dani Shapiro and Sarah Manguso
Silverlake, CA

“I’d be able to recover from today if it weren’t for tomorrow. There should be extra days, buffer days, between the real days.” – Sarah Manguso, Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, I had the privilege of attending my third Happier Hour in Los Angeles, a literary event for women originally started in New York by Aidan Donnelley Rowley.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hi, I'm Jacqueline

Crappy Polaroid photo of me, courtesy of Rock Star Daddy

My first impression of Jacqueline was ditzy, not because of what she had to say, but because of her mannerisms. I had yet to read her excellent memoir. She sat on a panel about finding your “hook” at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. It was May 2011 when she shared wisdom with eager onlookers who hoped to glean information that might guide us on a similar path to literary success. I took notes. I always take notes. At the time, I had braved a few online creative writing workshops, but I hadn’t written my essay collection. I wouldn’t do that for three more years.