It’s an old cliche, but spring is for renewal. And that’s what I’ve been thinking a lot about.

First – it’s time to renew my commitment to this blog. I have been back at Columbia College with a number of projects underway, including the publishing of my short-short fiction book – AFTER OPIUM. (Kindle version)
I’m happy about getting these works out in a collection. Some have been previously published, but now it’s out for good. And getting some decent reviews. Thank you all!
A number of significant things have occurred since we last connected – here’s a link to many, including Mike Wallace, memoir writing, and the state of the publishing world…all of which struck me as interesting, telling moments about writing, journalism, authoring, and our culture and society these days…
On other notes – I am honored to be speaking this week at a University of Wisconsin-Extension Educators conference about my memoir, ACCIDENTAL LESSONS. Also honored to be asked to judge personal essay writing for the Southwest Prairie Literary Festival, and to conduct a writing workshop at the LaGrange, Illinois library in late April.
Here’s what I leave you with this time around – a quote I recently came across —
“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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