Here are a few favorite Pattern and Outrage posts. I selected some based on my preference and others on what readers select.* You can also search by tapping on the A LIST OF FAVORITE POSTS in the side bar or RANTS AND LAMENTS.

Note: I just spent two hours building this list and generating the links and WordPress published an old version. So bear with me.

Morning of Surprise Hearing
Poem prompt response regarding Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the 1/6 Committee

The White Underwing

Lost Orgasms or Zero Faith

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

Why I Admire Dog People So Much

Peace is a Leaf Sent round the World

The Gilded Age of Hangers

College Drop-off: A Poem

A retelling of the ancient Irish tale
about Deirdre, the Princess of Sorrows (and also my namesake)

Black Stallion — fan fic

Ordinary dog walk in February

Joy Harjo and Ted Lasso — What?

Gathering the Dream

Posts related to race, justice, learning:

A long-winded memory share
Thoughts about plantation weddings and Nikole Hannah-Jones, 2022

Reflection on Night in Slave Quarters
Written after spending a night in the slave quarters in Medford, Mass. at the Royall House. The event was organized by The Slave Dwelling Project, 2014

Sent – Hearts for Charleston Quilt
Lots of pictures of the collaborate quilt made for the surviving community at the Charleston Mother Emanuel AME

Ferns, Fractals, and African Textiles

African Burying Ground — for reverence, reflection, learning
A post about a relatively newly consecrated burial ground in Portsmouth, NH

Racism is a Morphing Beast
Report from an anti-racism workshop in Boston

Our problematic past
A post written after hearing the keynote speaker of the Annual Slave Dwelling Project, 2021. Susan Neiman’s talk was entitled, What Americans Can Learn from Germany’s Racial Reckoning.

Confederate Flag of Truce
A post about artist Sonya Clark’s provocative show at the DeCordova, in Lincoln, MA

Middle Passage Marker Boston

Gratitude and Slaver

Ms. Wheatley and Ms. Gorman

The Weight of Cloth posts:

Below are posts related to my piece of historic fiction, tentatively titled The Weight of Cloth. It’s set in South Carolina, 1737 – 1744 (with an epilogue) and primarily told by four women — the historic white figure of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, and three enslaved women.

See also posts tagged South Carolina, slavery, and writing.

Bibliography, The Weight of Cloth

Names of the Enslaved named in Eliza L. Pinckney’s Will

Freedom– a deleted excerpt from manuscript

Silence of listening and acknowledging
One of many posts about listening to Black voices and wondering about
being a white writer with Black characters — from 2016

Maroons or the untamed
Window into writing/research during 2nd draft


Visual work, some tutorials:

Photo Transfer Four Ways

Digital collage — a Diana Photo App Tutorial

Mice-making tutorial
How to sew and dress small mice out of premade felt


* What readers select is revealed in daily stats, which I check regularly. For some of the mysteriously recurring reads, I try to determine where a link might be (such as Pinterest). Mostly I can’t figure it out.