A few things you learned last month at the Sharjah International Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates

That the flight from Los Angeles to the United Arab Emirates is one of the longest nonstops in the world. And that the flight path is not over the Pacific but a huge arc over the United States, Canada, the far, far north and then south, something you figured out only when, a couple hours … Continue reading A few things you learned last month at the Sharjah International Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates

My Tattoo Story: Lenore and Alison

Lenore, Hoboken Alison, Minneapolis, Vermont and southern California We’re both writers, and we met last month at the Sharjah International Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. It was one of those instant connections, an immediate friends-forever sort of thing. The week we spent in Sharjah was filled with deep conversations with writers and illustrators from around … Continue reading My Tattoo Story: Lenore and Alison

My Tattoo Story: Jacob

Jacob, Los Angeles My very first tattoo was what started my career. It was a determined step forward into a new life and a step toward new goals. It was a statement of commitment, whether or not I knew how far I would have to go. All of my tattoos inspire me to try to be … Continue reading My Tattoo Story: Jacob

Poem of the Week

I wrote this poem seventeen years ago, after watching one of my daughters standing on a stool at the kitchen sink. A few things have changed in those years: that daughter and her brother and sister have grown up, I’m happy with blonde hair and I’d settle for an eight-minute mile. But everything else still … Continue reading Poem of the Week