When “Women and Words” announced their hiatus, I suspected I wasn’t quite ready to be quiet. My suspicions, dear readers, were correct.

I used to follow a schedule (fourth Thursday of each month,) and that was a good idea because it helped keep me focused on my assignment. This time around, I’d like to post a bit more spontaneously, when something worthwhile appears on the other side of my “window.” I realize that what I deem worthwhile might not be of much consequence to others, but I’ll take that chance and always invite you to respond.

I’ve titled my blog page, “The Wide Window” so that I can write about a plethora of topics. I’m always so pleased when I can use the word, plethora, although it does sound like a dermatological ailment.

Some of my posts will be personal/semi-memoir because I’m more an autumn fowl than a spring chicken. Others will be inspired by current events which seem to change in a heartbeat, don’t they? It’s my hope that some of the topics will be of interest to you and stimulate your own thoughts and opinions. 

Writing, whether it’s fiction, poetry, or non-fiction/opinion essays is a living, breathing entity that should invite the reader to question, probe, and think a bit more deeply about the issues that affect us all. 

Until we next meet on these pages,



Renée Bess is the author of five novels, the co-story curator of the Goldie award winning, OUR HAPPY HOURS, LGBT VOICES FROM THE GAY BARS,  and the recently published BETWEEN A ROCK AND A SOFT PLACE,  Flashpoint Publications, a collection of her short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction. For more information about her books, please visit http://www.reneebess.com    

© Renée Bess  2021


  1. Renee! So excited to see this! I wrote guest posts on W&W and miss it dreadfully. If you ever want to write a guest post on my soon to be resurrected blog, or need a guest post here, let me know! And Congrats!


    1. Many thanks, Ona! There may well be a time when I reach out to invite you to write a guest post. I appreciate your offer to do so and to invite me to write a post for your site. Be well.


  2. Oh, Renée! You continue to amaze me. I often wonder what you and Autumn/Randi do at your desk all day. Your creative juices are pumping out wonderful vignettes, thoughts, ideas. Don’t ever stop!
    💙 Viv

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