On living a small life

When I was a kid, my parents told me I could be and do anything I wanted (as long as it required a college degree and wasn't embarrassing). As a graduating nursing student, my prof leaned into my ear and said, "I know you're going to set the world on fire!" I don't think she…

Revolutionary regrets, I’ve had a few…

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the oppressed of the world could actually succeed in overthrowing the oppressors? Everywhere there is seething, but the outcomes are minimal, except for those killed, beaten, and imprisoned in the protest. Tyrants become stronger. It breaks my heart. I remember travelling to Havana last Christmas, eager to see the Revolution's…

Feeling a fraud…

I've been talking with my galpals about this creeping sense of fear we all experienced at one point or another. It's that feeling that you are merely playacting in your role, that sooner or later you are going to be caught out and proven to be completely inadequate. The funny thing is that it happens…

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – or check here to depress yourself about a writing career

Wow. Just pulled up this list, as my favourite author ever, Helen Humphreys, is on the long-list, for her wonderful book, The Reinvention of Love. GAWD it's depressing how many really truly good books there are out there. It's not that I feel envy, no, it's just that when I read them I realize how…