Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Crooked Still Life

Oregon Humanities Magazine published my most recent essay in their Fall/Winter 2012 issue Next, and thanks to the brilliant Kathleen Holt some of my photos were published right along with it. Good to have them out in the light of day instead of huddled in the dark of a wooden chest. In opposition to The First Week of After, this one is about the end of everything instead of the beginning.

Thanks to Kathleen and everyone at OHm for making the piece look so beautiful.

Here's the link: A Crooked Still Life.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This Is What Money Looks Like

Hi there loyal reader:

If you are looking for your work to get published in one of the best journals in the U.S., I encourage you to send your work in to The Missouri Review's annual Editor's Prize Competition. If your story wins (or is a finalist), THEY PAY YOU a lot of money! And if you don't win, your entry fee of $20 earns you a year's subscription to the magazine.

The deadline is October 1st.

This is not one of those magazines that only publishes the work of known writers. TMR really does publish, nourish and support writers at every stage of their careers. So why not let it be you?

Do it! Right now. Go ahead... I'll wait.

In case you forgot, this is what money looks like:

For more info, GO HERE to the site.

Thank you. Adieu.

P.S. In case you forgot, this is what love looks like:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pay Attention

This is from last week's New York Times Book Review. The reviewer was writing about Christopher Hitchens' most recent book, Mortality, which was written mostly as he was dying. It says a thing I have been trying to say without ever actually saying it for years.

It's kind of hard to read, I know.

Here's what it says:

"If there is anybody known to you who might benefit from a letter or a visit, do not on any account postpone the writing or the making of it. The difference made will almost certainly be more than you have calculated."

                       - Christopher Hitchens (1949 - 2011)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Five Dollar Film Fan

My husband (filmmaker Brian Padian) has created (what could be) an ingenious way to raise the remaining $15,000+ of the production budget for his feature film The Black Sea:

Five dollar donations. Lots of them.

Here's how it works: someone here's about the site ---> goes to the site ----> hits the paypal button ----> donates five dollars ---> tells his/her friends about the site ---> goes on with day.

It can work. It really can.

He just needs your help spreading the word.

Here's the link:

Thank you for listening.

Keep in touch.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Late To the Party


I have just finished the most extraordinary book. You may well have read this already because everybody else has (including the President) a few years ago. However, if you have not read:

NETHERLAND by the extraordinary Joseph O'Neill


 I know I love a book or a story when finish it and think, damn I wish I'd written that.

When I read the last sentence, my first thought was "breath-taking" and then I realized that I had been literally holding my breath for the last page and half.

That is all.

On with your day.

Love, Margaret

P.S. If you're looking for a way to support the arts, think about helping Brian Padian fund his feature film, the black sea - here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

And the point is, to live everything.

Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Rilke (the 4th letter)