Monthly Archives: July 2017

Carole, the Collector

  In the early days of my teaching career, I wondered if I had made a mistake in taking a position at UCLA. It was fall quarter 1988, and I felt like an imposter because I lacked the urban sophistication … Continue reading

Posted in Correspondence, friendship, Los Angeles, women's history

“The Quilter”

I first wrote about my great grandmother’s four-decades in the Toledo State Hospital about ten years ago while taking a workshop with Carol Bly at the Indiana University Writers Conference. Originally I called the piece “Insanity,” but as I explored … Continue reading

Posted in family history, Quilting, women's history | 2 Comments

Breaking News

These days, news anchors seem to think everything is “Breaking News.” It often reminds me of the boy who cried wolf–eventually everyone ignored his cries. That said, I have a piece of news to share. I don’t normally toot my … Continue reading

Posted in Writing

Inspired by Julia

Even though I have a French surname, I’m not known for French cooking. Yet, ever since seeing the 2009 film, “Julie and Julia,” I’ve entertained thoughts of making Boeuf Bourguignon, a la Julia Child. We bought the cookbook, but after … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, friendship