Rebecca’s Reflections

Celebrating a Century Home

Celebrating a Century Home

Dreams come in all varieties. Some bring us comfort; others terrify us. Many slip away the minute we awaken and leave no trace. Occasionally, we have the same dream again and again. My friend, Nancy, has very vivid dreams. She recounts them to me when we run together...

A City that Starts With C.

A City that Starts With C.

Is there a city in New York State that starts with “C”? Not a small place like Carlton or Clyde, but a big city, a city the size of Buffalo or Albany? The other night, I was on my way there. Only, for the life of me, I could not remember what the name of the city was....

Book Talk: Still Celebrating The Kimono Tattoo

Book Talk: Still Celebrating The Kimono Tattoo

My debut novel, The Kimono Tattoo, entered the market in June 2021. At the time, most book stores in St. Louis were still observing Covid-related protocols and refrained from in-person events. I didn’t have enough clout (or marketing skills, frankly) to create an...

On Meeting the Literary Icon, Uno Chiyo, Part 7

On Meeting the Literary Icon, Uno Chiyo, Part 7

The Cherry Blossom Dance I remember being almost giddy when someone first gave me a handkerchief with Uno Chiyo’s signature motif. It was pale pink with small white dots, not quite cherry blossoms. But the sheerness of the fabric hinted at the delicateness of the...

On Meeting the Literary Icon, Uno Chiyo, Part 6

On Meeting the Literary Icon, Uno Chiyo, Part 6

The Old Woman who Scattered Cherry Blossoms Could the Old Woman who Scattered Cherry Blossoms revive a tree? The irrepressible author, kimono devotee, and designer saw no reason not to try. Reflecting on Uno Chiyo’s legacy and her take-charge approach to life, we see...