Sally Wiener Grotta Author, Photographer & Speaker

  • Bringing the Voices in Our Heads to Life
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on October 15, 2018 at 12:47 am

    All writers have people constantly talking to us, telling us stories, insisting that we devote our undivided attention to committing their tales to paper (or computer screen). I am curious how "normal" people... […]

  • What a Bitch!
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on October 8, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    The word "bitch" can convey a world of ideas. But what does it really mean? And for any fiction writer working to create flesh and blood characters, what are the undercurrents and coloration of using... […]

  • Staring into the Mirror
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on October 1, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Remaining enclosed in our safe tribal circles is like staring in a mirror. Nothing much changes in our reflection, other than the slight variations of age and circumstances. Without the stimulation of contrary discussions or new perspectives, we become staid, unable to synthesize new thoughts. […]

  • Yom Kippur: Before the Closing of the Gates
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on September 20, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    A lovely honor. For Yom Kippur, my rabbi asked me to read my poem that I thought had no religious aspect. It's simply about choices we make daily. She felt it was appropriate for the concluding service of the day. Please click through to see the poem "Now. Today." […]

  • Burning Our Bridges. What is the Future of Our Libraries?
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on September 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Did you know that the Library of Alexandria wasn’t destroyed by fire in 40 CE, but by budget cuts? What the Library of Alexandria attempted to create, the free libraries of the United States (and other countries) have actually established... […]

  • The Monster in the Mirror
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on September 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    In past ages, a full rounded figure was a sign of wealth, of having enough to eat. Society would point at a man who could afford to keep his wife fleshy and recognize him as a man of substance... […]

  • Technology versus Art
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on September 3, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    It isn’t the camera, it’s the photographer. It isn’t the medium, it’s the artist. Beauty is produced by human beings using whatever tools they can lay their hands on, communicating something that touches us emotionally, aesthetically. That isn’t to say that technology... […]

  • eBooks: The Neverending Edit
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    In the dystopian novel "The Book" by M. Clifford, all "dead-tree" books have been outlawed (in a supposed environmental protection measure), and the powers-that-be (called The Editors) are constantly "updating" all books to shape how the public thinks, feels and acts... […]

  • A Day at Adobe
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 22, 2018 at 9:16 am

    What's new with Adobe Llightroom and Typekit? Sally Wiener Grotta shares some of the highlights of recent briefings at Adobe headquarters in San Jose. […]

  • Good Juicy Gossip: The Root of Storytelling?
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    When my niece was in kindergarten, her teacher explained to the class how gossip wasn't nice. Elizabeth asked - quite perceptively - "What will we talk about, then?" […]