• Slow Irony, Sure Wit

    Slow Irony seeks to link the pleasures of humorous insight with a commitment to “go local” in matters key to a community.

    Forty-two years ago, at a weekend retreat held at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, read more

  • A Firm Persuasion

    Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability, several hundred art lovers interested in works created by individuals with physical and cognitive challenges had the opportunity to view the work of Charles Blackwell read more

  • On Her Plate


    “Let me tell you what’s on my plate.”

    It’s Mom on the phone, from her hospital bed in NC to me at my desk in NJ, and I think, Ah, she wants to talk about her upcoming pacemaker procedure. read more

  • sheen of stoma, pith of summer, and a sky grown clear

    MoMA’s sculpture garden has Isa Genzken’s 28-foot rose and the New York Botanical Garden, (May through September) “Great American Gardens of the Early 20th Century read more

  • Crocuses, UConn, and Derek Jeter

    Typically around this time of year crocuses incite a gasp of delight, and they did again this year — just a few days ago in the backyard of the rented house to which I moved a few months ago and the next day, more robust ones, read more


Recent Work

From Last Lullaby for My Son

“I was afraid I’d hurt him. Before he was born, I was afraid that I would hurt my son,” Kelle Groom writes of her infant child in her memoir, “I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl.” read more