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