Monday, May 27, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

Susie Kaufman

Susie Kaufman is a retired Hospice chaplain. Her writing has appeared in America and Lilith magazines and the journal, Presence. Several of her pieces were included in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers anthology, Writing Fire. Kaufman reads regularly at IWOW, the monthly open mic in Housatonic. Her book Twilight Time: Aging in Amazement will be out in June.

written articles

BOOK REVIEW: ‘I Give You My Word: Women’s Letters as Life Support, 1973-1987’

Throughout this heart-engaging collection, the letter writers hold up their love for each other. Whether they are exploring family life, career frustrations, or spiritual growth, every image is rooted in friendship.

Alice Marks-Koshar, 70, of Ashley Falls

She was an indefatigable fighter for social causes and lived with a deep awareness of both the beauty in the world and the profound injustice that lives alongside it.

A NOVEL: ‘Over the Edge,’ Chapter 8

"Because it’s America, Tommy. Land of the fries, home of the craven. You’ll get to be you for the first time in your life and you’ll have mucho dinero in your pockets."

Writer’s Life: No time like the present  

Here you are at seventy, somehow enjoying the opportunity to make meaning out of your own life, an antidote to the mayhem all around you.

Hevra Kadisha, a South Berkshire Jewish Burial Society

In my work as a Hospice chaplain, I attended many people in their last days and tried to support families anticipating loss. Sometimes, these were truly holy encounters where everyone present felt the sacred power of transition from earth to another plane.

EDGEWISE: Three cheers for ambiguity

Ambiguity, taken first thing in the morning, has untold benefits. For most people, it’s not necessary to take another dose at night since the dream world is ambiguity’s country of origin. You will be drawn there whether you like it or not.

EDGE WISE: Yearning in the age of bling

The more we gawk at $2,000 handbags, the less mental space we have for thinking about people who don’t have anything to put in a handbag.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.