10/2018

I told you last night in bed — we are right here in the middle of our lives. You said — yes — and I reached out to touch you, but my hand landed heavy and strangely on your side. …


CHAPTER ONE: JENNIFER (Birth–5)

All my life I made beginnings, attempting to write down my story. But I would ask myself why my life would matter to anyone but me. Now you have to ask yourself that question, Kara. Even if I thought I might make a plan to write…


Gram Grimshaw, Grammy Klem, Judith Grimshaw, and Jennifer

I told you last night in bed — we are right here in the middle of our lives. You said — yes — and I reached out to touch you, but my hand landed heavy and strangely on your side. …


The Hunt For The Celandine Buttercup, 5/2/20

Marc, our landscaping friend with a penchant for philosophy has come to help me keep your garden. We stood under the shadows of the lace-making Katsura tree in your backyard, and he refused to believe what I told him. …


Box #1

CHAPTER 1 — The Escape

Kara, one of the first notes you found is on a piece of ripped, lined paper, written by my very young mother Judith and her sister Grace: “Pleasant dreams Mama and Daddy. We went to sleep in your bed. Because we couldn’t make our bed…


HOW TO STAY, 1/2020

I was nearly 50 years old the day I fell howling to my knees on the sheepskin rug in the guest room of my friend’s house and decided to stay in my body.

I’d been reading When Things Fall Apart by the Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron…


Photo courtesy of Joe Giannini

East Hampton attorney Joe Giannini is having his fifth life, by my count.

He’s been a champion college wrestler, a life-long surfer, a Marine in Vietnam, a criminal lawyer for 40 years in New York, a boxing manager and promoter, and now, for his fifth curtain call, he is taking…


Photo: Kara Westerman

The East Hampton Writer’s Collective is an ecclectic group who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, and hybrids of the aforementioned, local writers in The Hamptons, who have met weekly, rain or shine, summer and winter, for over two years now.

Last week I decided to take us on the road…


Camille Seaman photo

Camille Seaman Narratively TED Talks

“What does it mean to be a good ancestor? What does it mean to be a citizen of Earth?” Camille Seaman, a polar photographer, storm chaser, explorer, writer, mother, and senior Ted Fellow asks herself often.

“Growing up as a child of a mixed-race marriage,”…

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