Seeing Fannie

As I was saying when I was so rudely interrupted-- Never mind. The section that vanished when the wireless network disappeared concerned A. S. Byatt's Possession. It's a magnificent novel. My comments were anything but. So I'll quit while I'm ahead. Now to the update on Fannie Flagg: I heard Ms. Flagg speak last Saturday … Continue reading Seeing Fannie

A coil of hair

My mother's family recycles names. In my generation there are seven grandchildren, each with two given names. Of those fourteen names, only one is new. The rest are hand-me-down, used by parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, an aunt. I'm the youngest, a Mary Katherine. For my first thirty years, the name drew no comment. Then people began … Continue reading A coil of hair