Putting it down on paper

What comes to mind when you think of journaling?    Is it something like this?     Perhaps you imagine a woman, deep in thought, pouring her soul onto the page. And journaling certainly can be that, but it doesn’t always have to be.   Or perhaps when you think of a journal, you conjure the prototype of a diary, […]

Are You Happy Now?

I’ve given up on happiness.   No, this isn’t some dark manifesto on the virtue of cynicism in the modern world.    Choosing to no longer pursue happiness has been a gift, a blessing!   Many of us have erroneously been brought up to believe that the end goal is happiness.  “I just want you to be happy.”   Haven’t […]

Released From the catacombs of my soul

“Es la verdad. Y la verdad es bella.”   Near the end of her talk as a visitor to my Hispanic and Latin American Literature course at Stony Brook University, Irene Vilar quoted these words. She explained that these are the words her father said to her after reading her first memoir, A Message from God in the Atomic Age […]