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On Year Eight, Simply Not Done at the Farm


We are breathing here at Willow Brook Farm, the salt-water farm that has been in the Welsh family for generations, and which has been the home of Simply Not Done’s winter writing retreat now since 2005.  Breathing because everything is growing, changing, expanding, contracting.  Founding members Jan and Kasey Grieco have not joined us this …

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On a Writers’ Lunch


I wish I got to do this more often. Yesterday I went to lunch with Fred Irons, a man I met through trumpet playing.  Several years ago he joined the Sebasticook Valley Community Band, where I was struggling along playing second trumpet, and sometimes first when they were desperate.  Fred had recently retired from his …

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On Winter at the Farm


It’s February, Presidents’ Day Weekend.  Simply Not Done is in Boothbay for the weekend, because that’s what we do.  At least, that’s what we’ve done for the past seven years. This morning it’s cold and sunny up here on the hillside, with the snowy fields falling away towards the woods.  Up back, the apple trees …

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On Choosing What to Read: the Playlist


A bit of navel-gazing.  A bit of angst. Next week I’m going to be doing a reading as part of the Stonecoast Alumni Association program at the winter residency. I earned my MFA from the Stonecoast program of the University of Southern Maine, graduating in January of 2005.  In the interim I have published two …

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On My Conversation with Elizabeth Barrett Browning


A thousand years ago, when I was quite young and reading my grandparents’ de-accessioned Reader’s Digest Condensed Books in order, I read The Barretts of Wimpole Street. Because it was there, of course, and for no other reason.  After all this time I have a vague recollection of Elizabeth’s overbearing and overprotective father, a man …

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On The Beauty of It


Announcing…my new baby! There is nothing quite like holding your own book in your hands.This is my chapbook. It’s my second published chapbook, and it came out, from Sheltering Pines Press, this week.  My author copies were in my mailbox when I got home Monday afternoon.  I have been waiting for them breathlessly since Annie …

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On Simply Not Done at Willow Brook Farm


It’s summer retreat time at Willow Brook Farm. I look forward to this like a drowning person searching the horizon for the life raft.  Twice a year, in February and July, the women of Simply Not Done paddle over and haul me in.  Then I just lie there, looking up at the vast sky, gasping …

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