Roar. We heard an earthquake-like rumble. In Glacier Bay, an enormous, luminous, turquoise chunk sheared off the icepack and dropped in the water. The Grand Pacific Glacier calved before our eyes, as it had for John Muir on his Voyages of Discovery into Southeast Alaska. While Muir traveled […]
My debut play "Reservations" premiered at the Winters 10-Minute Play Festival In 2020. The play has been selected for future performances in Brentwood, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Find my stories in the anthology 166 Palms and travel essays on the website @Your Life is a Trip.” My forthcoming novel Matisse’s Chapel was a finalist in the San Francisco Writer's Conference Writing Contest.
WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, MY MOTHER WHIRLED around the house like a cyclone, always racing against time. Mom ran the family insurance agency by day, pored over paperwork at night, and raised three children all the while. She countered Dad’s absences with her nonstop presence, managing to […]
Dad and I exchange the three best words in the world at the end of our telephone conversations on Sundays. “I love you.” “I love you.” My father, Everett Mietzner, is 90 now, so even before we hang up, whenever we end a call I sadly remember […]
A silent presence, raptors grace the sides of highways and byways and farmland of Northern California. Among them are Swainson’s hawks, golden eagles, burrowing owls, American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, white-tailed kites, barn owls, great-horned owls, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons, and the occasional American bald eagle. Watchful eyes It’s […]
“Texas in Paris” runs through March 1, 2015 at the York Theater Company, 1619 Lexington Avenue (corner of 54th Street) in New York City, inside St. Peter’s Church on Lower Level 2. Texan folklorist Alan Govenar became acquainted with Osceola Mays, a singer of spirituals and an oral […]
Critics flooded Manhattan mother and blogger Lenore Skenazy with negative remarks when she wrote about how she and her husband allowed their nine-year-old to ride the subway by himself. Judgmental comments poured in. “Don’t you know that children get kidnapped and murdered?” The experience led to Skenazy’s book, “Free […]