Diane Gottlieb writes open-hearted stories about people in pain who choose to grow.

Archive for September 2021

Interview With Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee–author of fifteen picture books, ten children’s novels and graphic books, three young adult novels, and six works of adult fiction–has been a teacher and a mentor to me, is always an inspiration, and has become a dear friend. It was my great pleasure to spend some time talking with Alison on Zoom about…

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How to Disappear – (mac)ro(mic)

Watch. Always watch. The day watch. The night watch. Never turn your gaze. There will be signs. This is how the mouth will curve. How the brow will bend. The eyes will have that look. That look. Listen. Listen to the language of sighs. This is the sigh of disappointment. This one, frustration. Sighs of anger. Impatience.…

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Labors of Love

It’s Labor Day, and along with our national holiday, this evening marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. At first glance the two have little to do with each other but leave it to me to find a connection.   When I think Labor Day, I am immediately brought back down memory lane. Labor…

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Ragdoll – Six Sentences

My dear sister Eleanor, who was twelve years my senior and who cared for me as I wished my mother would, would be leaving us soon, though thankfully, I didn’t know it at the time. Nobody did – except Eleanor. Read More

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For the Love of Deer – Emerge Literary Journal

In the deep, quiet woods that live behind her home, pine branches sag heavy with snow. Matchstick trees lean left in the wind, as she looks out her window with worry. What will become of the deer? She knows little of wildlife in the woods in the back, but this winter, it won’t treat them…

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