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?

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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…

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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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