Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I am so pleased that you survived 2020 along with me. And let me add an additional note of thanks that both my husband and my mother survived this plague year. I wasn’t sure that would be the case in much of this year. Thanks to both of you for being careful….

Social Transitions

A friend of mine told me that her daughter is socially transitioning to be her son, which set me thinking about identity. We all try on identities in our teens. It’s a natural part of growing up. I tried on religions, sexual identities, and many other ways of thinking of myself as a social being…

Happy Holidays

I’ve managed to miss Hanukkah and probably other winter holidays while staying away from social media this year. I considered trying to go back in time to wish my family and everyone who celebrates it a good Hanukkah, but the idea of spending extra time in 2020 seemed questionable. So I’ve taken a time machine…

Editing and Yom Kippur

I mentioned that Yom Kippur is the day of atonement in Judaism, a deeply spiritual day for Jews around the world. But at the same time it has a core of pragmatism to it because we Jews are deeply pragmatic people. When we atone, we are not just trying to “get right with God” as…

RBG, My Father, and the Future

This is the final Rosh Hashanah post for the year and it deals with the future, particularly a spiritual take on my future. I’ve thought about death all weekend. First, because Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of my heroes and a truly good person, died at the beginning of the holiday. Second, because this is my…

Sweetness in the Present Moment

I have so many friends who are published authors these days. I wish I could go back in time and tell Past Carolyn that she would not only have a lot of friends, but that a lot of them would be published authors. She would absolutely swoon. There are times I would like to just…

Erev Rosh Hashanah

This is a pre-written, scheduled Rosh Hashanah post. This Rosh Hashanah I’ll be doing a series of posts on the past, present, and future. Today’s post is about the past. I’ll be back in the (virtual) flesh on Sunday night. Whenever Rosh Hashanah arrives, I can’t help but think of my father whose birthday often…

Happy Mother’s Day

I’m dedicating this blog post to the amazing mothers I know, starting with my own. Every fall when I was a child my mother and I waited for the aspens to turn into tiny golden fans trembling in the breeze. Then we drove an hour from Denver into the mountains searching for the perfect spot…

2019’s Short Stories and January’s Plans

It took longer to compile the list of my short stories and write descriptions than I anticipated, but here it is now. This is the list of all the short stories written in 2019. I’m incredibly pleased that there are 40. Because it is a long list and this is a blog post, I thought…

A Quiet Day of Planning

About a week ago I wrote up my tips for writing a story a week. Now, in response to a Dean Wesley Smith post about people dropping out of the Great Challenge a bunch of my fellows who are writing a short story a week have chimed in with their tips on how to make…