stories & words

   A lifelong interest in words, their origins and uses, and how they can be arranged to make good fun and good stories or essays, are the basis for my website.

   To see the fun part, please click on the “Fun-With-Words” Blog page above.

   When I come up with an idea for an essay, a story, or a fairy tale, I add it to the appropriate page above.

   There’s also a fairy tale that can be purchased in book form (see the “Fairy Tale” page).

   The “Memorable Sentences” and the “Recent and Current Reading” below are mostly for my friends who wonder what I’m up to these days.

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Latest posting: April 30, 2022

"Jenny & Hop"

(click on "Fairy Tales" on the menu line above)

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(Click on the "Stories" page on the menu line above.)



   El día y la noche, el día y la noche siempre. ¿No habrá nunca nada más? Acaso me volvía el mismo confuso deseo de que alguna vez, al despertarme, no hallara solamente el día y la noche, sino algo nuevo, deslumbrante y doloroso. Algo como un agujero por donde escapar de la vida.           --- Ana María Matute, Primera Memoria (1960)

   Night and day, night and day forever. Won’t there ever be anything more? The same confused desire came back to me: the desire that I might find, upon awakening, not merely the night and day, but rather something new, bewildering and painful. Something like a hole through which I might escape from life.   --- [School of the Sun, translation by Elaine Kerrigan]




Recent and Current reading

  • Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World (1915, 1916) – a novel of ideas: about women and men, idealism and reality,  tradition and modernity 

  • Short Story: May Sinclair, “The Victim” (1923) – a unique ghost story


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