Category Archives: Reviews

LeGuin on Dystopia

Earlier I wrote about several of Ursula K. LeGuin’s books in Dystopias with Light Visible. In Words Are My Matter (an excellent collection of her essays about writing, book reviews, etc.) she says: Dystopia is by its nature a dreary, … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Writing | Tagged | Leave a comment

Dystopias with Light Visible

Most of the Ursula LeGuin books I’ve read are dystopias, not unescapable darkness, but unsettling visions of possible futures or scenarios. The Word for World is Forest is a disturbing portrait of evil even more relevant in these days of … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Writing | 1 Comment

Sixer Prompts

In one of my writing groups, someone brought a prompt she described as a sixer, a story in six words: “Iris bloom around steps, house gone.”  From it I wrote a very good poem that is making the submission rounds. … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Review: The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner

I enjoyed Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and Tiffany Aching stories.  The first page always grabbed me and the climaxes made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.  We lost a great writer when he passed away last fall.  … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Review: Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis—A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron is a novel with workbook and bibliography attached. The novel is not great art, but it is an engaging read. I read it in two sittings, unusual for me. I tend to … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Henry Miller on Money vs. Wealth

Henry Miller when challenged by Ezra Pound on money about “what makes it and how it gets that way.” wrote a little booklet of the same name. Much of the details of money have changed since then (for example credit … Continue reading

Posted in Money, Reviews | Leave a comment

Field Guide to Getting Lost – Review

In my reading and in my life, I’m starting to encounter what Meister Eckhart called the Via Negative, the path through darkness, of not knowing. Often characterized as the downward path. A Field Guide to Getting Lost: Rebecca Solnit on … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Spirtual Practice | Leave a comment

Your Brain at Work

What I bought Your Brain at Work for is summed up in the subtitle, “Strategies for overcoming distraction, regaining focus, and working smarter all day long.” What I found it most useful for was meditation.It describes the neuro-chemistry and biology … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Spirtual Practice | Leave a comment