37 years ago today

Daddy was a barber. He opened “Modern Barber Shop” in our North Carolina town, and my childhood was spent there; days after school were for sweeping hair and playing school by myself in the cozy, dark little vestibule at the back of the shop. I...

Know the point of your life

“Sheridan’s gifts as a teacher were as rare as the purity of his passion. Wherein did these gifts lie? In his brilliance? Yes. In his mastery of his subject? Of course. In his capacity for lucid, concrete, and vivid explanation? Again, yes. But there is another...

Let the poemapalooza begin!

April is National Poetry Month. I know, I know. You don’t do poetry. You lost the urge for it when your English teacher made you beat it senseless. Come back to the word that captures a world. Each April I feature a poem every day on 37days. It is my way of reentering...

A life reboot, writ large.

Rebooting my life. from Patti Digh on Vimeo. I had a heart attack in January 2016. A significant one. The artery they call the “widow-maker” was 90% blocked. I’m very lucky to be here, especially given my doctor’s response to my complaints of...

Mourning a loss.

One year ago today my friend, Laurie Foley, died. She and I were in touch daily, often many times a day, and the void is enormous. I long to call and find out her take on what’s happening in the world, and ask her advice. I long to hear her say,...