Author Archives: Marta Rose

About Marta Rose

I am a writer and a homemaker living in Philadelphia with my wife Julie and our children, Trixie and Micah.

Work in Progress Day

My wonderful friend and fellow writer (and Warren Wilson alum!) Elizabeth Mosier tells me it’s Work in Progress Day and has tagged me to share the opening paragraph of what I’m working on.  I’m honored and a little daunted — … Continue reading

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A Mass Murder of Children by Guns Every Week

I finally made myself listen to President Obama’s words as he addressed the grieving community of Newtown, Connecticut a few days ago.  I assumed they would be wise and compassionate:  he is a good man, a thoughtful man, one capable … Continue reading

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Talking About Mental Health in the Wake of Sandy Hook

Many of you have already seen this essay by the mother of a mentally ill child called “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother.”  There has been a lot of talk around the internet about whether this mother is unfairly demonizing and … Continue reading

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Language, Snobbery, Mockery, Pain

Over at A Star in the Face of the Sky,  novelist David Haynes is having a conversation about language and snobbery and mockery and privacy and teaching and other interesting, difficult things.  Today my friend Robin Black kicked off the conversation … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe and the Limits of Schadenfreude

Tuesday night was such a wild ride, my house full of wonderful people – neighbors and church folk and teenagers and toddlers – and we had great food and drink and conversation, much celebrating in the streets when the networks … Continue reading

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For All The Saints, Especially Carl

This morning Carl Kleis died, such a dear man, such a good man.  I can’t stop crying.  He was not young – in his 80’s – and he lived a good life, and he had an aggressive cancer that he … Continue reading

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Becoming Natives in the Age of Sandy

One of my favorite “contrary farmers” (in the phrase coined by another of my favorite contrary farmers, Gene Logsdon) is a little-known man named Wes Jackson, founder of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.  He and others like him have … Continue reading

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Philadelphia, 2010

Philadelphia is buried in snow — snow falling from low, leaden skies that turn the afternoon to dusk — snow falling in fat, silent flakes that seem to scrub the city clean in layers of starchy blue-white.  Now the sun … Continue reading

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A Bit About My Other Book, for Micah

I’m actually writing another book, a middle grades chapter book for my nine year old son Micah and his friends and cousins.  I’m planning to self-publish it because I think it will be fun for him to have a real … Continue reading

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A Bit About My Book

I just found this questionnaire for writers about their works-in-progress on my friend Libby Mosier’s blog, and I thought it might be fun to do.  People are always asking me about my novel, and I often have a hard time knowing … Continue reading

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