Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring, for real

Yes. It has arrived. It's here. And I'm celebrating with proof positive pictures, and the morning songbirds, and the evening robins calling for mates.  The busy season is upon us. Renew and rejoice!



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winter Sunrise

Saw this sky when I woke up this morning.

Then, everything turned white a few hours later.



Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ice Ferns by 8 Degrees

When it's this cold out, I can duck my head behind a steam radiator or enjoy the morning's etchings on the window panes.  Here are a few snaps of Ice Ferns. Looking closely at these frozen designs reminds me how seemingly disparate things connect and align. Is there some hidden logic going on? Yes. I think so.




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Enter 2014


May you begin 2014 with a sense of renewal and hope; and the energy to tend to something meaningful in your life, whether it's a relationship, a project or a desire.











Sunday, December 29, 2013

Joseph Anton Opens the Universe

Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton, is an operatic 650 pages, an embrace of continents and countries, India, Europe, America; a roll in the dirt and shine of humanity, literature, art, love, children, freedom, courage and vulnerability, ugliness and beauty.  



It took me two months to wander across these pages. I paused often to consider and reconsider the sentences,words, people, sensibility and many-sided truths revealed therein. I underlined and bracketed and dotted margins with asterisks. There  is so much in this story to cherish, question and love. 


“Literature tried to open the universe, to increase, even if only slightly, the sum total of what it was possible for human beings to perceive, understand, and so, finally, to be. Great literature went to the edges of the known and pushed against the boundaries of language, form, and possibility, to make the world feel larger, wider, than before.” (from Joseph Anton)

Thank you, Mr. Rushdie, for taking me into your world, for opening up your universe so that I might see differently.



Sunday, December 8, 2013

SHAPE magazine picks Women In Bed



Another surprise: Women In Bed is one of ten new books recommended to "add to your winter reading list" by Shape magazine.  Click link below.  This picture was taken in Southern California, where I am staying for a short while.

  http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/10-books-add-your-winter-reading-list/slide/2

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanks to Beth Kephart, Books On the Night Stand, BettyConfidential.com



It's a special privilege when a writer whose work I admire reads my books and raves about them. Such was the case when author extraordinaire, Beth Kephart, recently read my story collection, Women In Bed. Beth is the author of seventeen books. She's up for several awards this year, and has been a National Book Award finalist in the past. Her newest novel--Small Damages--slayed me with its gorgeous language and story set in southern Spain. Next for me is her book, Handling The Truth, which is about writing memoirs as well as the relevance and beauty of memoirs and what they offer us as readers. Here's what Beth said about Women In Bed.  http://beth-kephart.blogspot.com/2013/11/women-in-bedjessica-keener-reflections.html

More thanks are due to the wonderful Books on the Nightstand and Ann Kingman's expressed love for the stories in Women In Bed.  (She "devoured them.") She invited me to write a guest essay, so I wrote about fairy tales because they sparked my passion for short stories. You can read what  Ann says (and my essay) here.http://booksonthenightstand.com/2013/11/once-upon-a-time.html

Finally, special thanks to BettyConfidential.com editors for naming Women In Bed one of 12 must-reads this fall. I was in good company. (Others chosen include Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth Gilbert.) Here's the link: http://bettyconfidential.com/2013-11-6-design-home-fall-back-into-bed-with-these-fall-reads-12-new-books-you-wont-be-able-to-put-down/4/