I wrote this piece specifically for a reading that Dan Hajducky organized on the theme of Alzheimer’s. I had the story in my head and heart for a long time. It was good to see it in writing and to hear it spoken. And now, it’s in cyberspace.
This is my most recently published poem. I wrote it when my younger brother was about to become older than our older brother was when he died. I was pleased to find “Survivor’s Review,” which features work by authors I admire, like Louise DeSalvo. I made some changes based on comments by peers in Baron Wormser’s poetry workshop that I attended through Fairfield University’s MFA program, and other changes at the suggestion of “Survivor’s Review” editor Sheree Kirby. I had liked the piece when I first wrote it, but I think the changes made it better.
Photo credit: Ann McLelllan Lardas
This is one of my vegan recipes that the Christian Science Monitor published a few years ago. I had fun creating the recipe, and got a kick out of seeing it in print. I am even happier that they archived it online. It’s so good, we eat it almost before it’s cooled!
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Recent conversations have led me to think more than usual about loneliness in modern life. I often speak of clergy life as being all of us fighting the same battle, from different foxholes. But loneliness is a factor, a reality, and I think it’s worse for the laity. The closer one stands to the altar, the more one gets that “Christ is in our midst” is not a mindless greeting but the statement of a profound reality. When one lives far from church, both physically and metaphorically, it becomes harder to keep this in mind. What to do?
Read my full article on pravmir.com.