My Fathers . . .

—From EF— It’s Father’s Day. I’m thinking of two fathers: the Known Father and the Imagined Father. I honor them both, and love them both, in different ways. Those who follow our blog know that just before Mother’s Day, I learned about my birth-mother, and since then...

Galahad’s Quest . . .

—From CB— Sunday was our official book launch for our novel Galahad’s Fool. Perfect venue: Main Stage West, the small theatre in downtown Sebastopol where we produced The Tempest, Drake’s Drum and King Lear. We read from the book, performed a couple of puppet sketches...

Truth . . .

—From EF— Truth. Why does it matter? Maybe part of it is that when we communicate with each other, we need a level playing field. What you say and what I hear should be at least approximately the same thing. We all fib sometimes, and probably everyone has told a...

The Decalogue . . .

—From CB— Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from the mountain, broke the tablets, went back up for the second draft. I just went to the dentist. Any how-to list carved in stone 3000 years ago, proclaimed by the vengeful god of a desert tribe should be subject to...

Connection . . .

—From EF— There are no words, but I’ll try. I had no blood family except for our kids, and now I have held my brother in an embrace, I have looked into his eyes and seen our mother, our grandmother, our grandfather. My brother’s wife has become my sister. There was a...

A Mother . . .

—From EF— Mother’s Day, 2018. For me, this one is an entirely new ball game. After about 40 years of searching, I have found who my birth-mother was. Past tense, because she’s no longer living, but also present tense, because after I came and went, she made a marriage...

Untrashed . . .

— From CB — Yesterday after gym, I stopped at the coffee shop where I normally write for 90 minutes, walk to the library, write some more, then walk the mile or so home and start the day. Most times, this span is productive, sometimes not, but it’s from this routine...

Beltane . . .

—From EF— Beltane. A beautiful celebration, with or without a Maypole. Halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, it celebrates the union of male and female, the union of earth and sun, and the general idea that fertility is a good thing, not to...

Fiction . . .

—From CB— One requirement for being a writer, you’d think, would be to love reading. And indeed for me that sometimes happens. Much more often, especially as I’ve been writing fiction, it becomes much more a learning experience. and I can’t say that’s always pleasant....

History Repeats . . .

—From EF— “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.” Depending on your source, this originates with Hegel, Engels, or Marx, although it appears to be Marx who cites both of the others. Whatever, they all have the same idea, and they are referring to...

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