Jan 192018
 

…sadness that so many men, once admired, have fallen from grace, and worry over the impact of such news on my teenagers, trying to grow up while so many fall down.”

What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

Frustration that an apparent predator was only narrowly defeated in his recent quest for a senate seat in Alabama, sadness that so many men, once admired, have fallen from grace, and worry over the impact of such news on my teenagers, trying to grow up while so many fall down.

What are you working on now?

My next column, which is shaping up to be about parenting in the shadow of ‘false’ alarms and fear. “We fully felt like we were about to die,” one mom said, following last week’s reportedly “false alarm” of a nuclear bomb said to be headed for Hawaii. Some parents reportedly stuffed their kids into sewers, hoping to shield them from the blast. Others phoned loved ones, including young children, and issued last “I love you’s” and excruciating goodbyes. However ‘false’ this alarm, we’ve learned from our response that we now believe the threat is real.

What was the last great thing you read by another author?

Anything by Oak Park-based novelist Elizabeth Berg. I just tucked into “Tapestry of Fortunes,” which my kids gave me for Christmas, and plan to get my hands back on “The Story of Arthur Truluv,” which, ha, I gifted my own mom! It was an Elizabeth Berg Christmas, I guess. I simply adore her writing ‘voice.’ Good company in anxious times.

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which writer, dead or alive, do you invite?

Ha! I read these questions out loud to my daughter and we said in unison, “Elizabeth Berg!” I’ve met her a few times, the first one by accident, which is to say that I crashed into her when I took a hard left turn into the ladies’ room at a Literary Festival 13 years ago. It wasn’t pretty. Things were dropped. No broken bones, though!

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