One-Act Play

My one-act play “Antique Roses” was staged August 25-28 at the Old Courthouse Theatre in Concord, NC, in a festival of six ten-minute plays. I adapted the play from my story of the same title, published in Lowestoft Chronicle in June 2014. Spinster Ella Eulalia Finch arrests a rose rustler in her garden at dawn. She invites him to breakfast. They discover that he is the baby she gave up for adoption at age sixteen fifty-five years ago. Or is he?

Andrea and Brian Rassler organized the festival. Andrea is a playwright, director, and high school teacher of drama in Concord. Brian is a director, and he manages the building, a former church. Many thanks to the Rasslers for a fun evening.


fourth and hedge

My essay “Fourth and Hedge” is in the current issue of the online magazine Entropy, at LINK. In 1995, I bought a house at Fourth and Hedge Streets and renovated it. Six years later, a victim of success, I sold it.


The Greek Tour

Sick Lit Magazine, an online literary monthly edited by Kelly Fitzharris Coody in Fort Worth, Texas, published an excerpt from my Diary of Nero in June. For the theme “first love,” Coody chose “Mother Knows Best.” Sick Lit Magazine

In July for the theme “travel,” she chose “The Greek Tour.” The Roman emperor Nero believed that he was a great singer, poet, and chariot racer. He traveled to Greece for a year of performances and competitions at Olympia, Corinth, Delphi, and so on–competitions at which he always won first prize.

Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

This morning, I leave the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Jerry Gabriel, an English professor at the college, organized and ran the conference, which brought four writer-teachers together with about thirty-five writer-students for a week of craft talks, writing exercises, and summer vacation. The small size of the group encourages conversation. The salt marsh air and hot weather encourage informality. People return year after year to St. Mary’s, so the conference is taking on the flavor of a family reunion–without those unbearable relatives.

The Shaker Library

It happened while I wasn’t looking – On Being, the blog that accompanies the Krista Tippett radio program, published my essay “The Shaker Library” on April 9. They changed the title and added photographs. For a direct link, try THIS.


My short story “Windsock” is in the new issue of Lowestoft Chronicle, online at lowestoft.

A lovely young woman starts an erotic correspondence with an elderly author named Windsock. He invites her on a date, they have an affair, and after he departs this life she carries the torch.