Why we read those seasons-changing books to the youngest.

Along with picturebooks about the alphabet, sleep-monsters, Goodnight, Moon, and Love You Forever, there are many books about seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter. Though they tell the same story over and over, still they sell, and still we buy, drawn to them. Why?

Night-time reading pile

You know the books! With the sweetest…

I write all over the map

I am not a niche writer. I publish with some regularity for The Writing Cooperative, and for Middle-Pause. Also for P.S. I Love You, The Faculty, and others. Many pieces are about caregiving and ALS, about family relationships, teaching... I’ll set up themes below, and collected titles — not all…

Let’s resurrect the idea of tithe, and keep art in our lives

This past summer, this was the one way I heard live music: in the park, and on the beach, with a jazz standards group. Bring a blanket and bottle, enjoy the setting sun, the warmth on my back. Listening to tunes that have sustained for decades.

The idea of tithing…

It’s about someone else

Here’s the great news about your “writer’s voice” and writing a novel:

You don’t need a voice

All the angst that new writers experience, over how to “find” their “voice,” and what that’s going to look and sound like in their writing… when really the only job — and it can be surprisingly difficult —…

Alison Acheson

My latest book is a memoir, Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days With ALS. My newsletter is on Substack: THE UNSCHOOL FOR WRITERS.

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