• Coming Alive Memoir

    The Twenty Year Poodle by Anne Ierardi

    This extract is from my memoir, coming in the summer! The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s. -Mark Twain   For years I told my wife I wanted a dog. She repeatedly said no. I felt ambivalent myself, as it was so long since I’d had a dog. I worried something bad might happen; when I had had to part with two dogs because I didn’t have an adequate home for them. Now that we had a large house on Cape Cod with a yard and I worked next door to my home, it seemed the perfect time. But what kind of dog?…

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  • Reflections

    At Such a Time as This

    Like Vincent Van Gogh, I love many things. At times, perhaps too many things. Born under the Sign of Pisces with a Libra Moon, the rhythm of my soul as a young adult coalesced in dreams and longings awakened by Walden, The Brothers Karamazov, the poetry of Anna Akhmatova, and the diaries of Anais Nin. Recently I developed a system of ten clones to pay attention to the many aspects of myself including artist, writer, mystic, musician… each month I choose a few clones to nurture. I am amazed at how my mastery is improving as my attention sharpens. No longer out foraging in the Cape Cod world, I move…