On Creating Legacies – a Blog for the New Year 2022
Bring me the sunset in a cup – Emily Dickenson
In the last year, I finally broke through my creative writing block that accompanied the isolation of
the pandemic. My creative resurgence started early in 2021 with a project long overdue for my late
husband Tim Robinson – a “Tribute” written about him, intended to be completed sooner for his family.
Tim was part of the famous “Watergate team” at the Washington Post, and was rewarded with a
Scholarship to Yale Law School. He later became editor of the National Law Journal, and just before
he passed away he was named editorial director of a new company called AOL.
Happily I finally broke through my emotional barriers and created a draft of Tim’s Tribute that I can take
with me to Alabama this coming March for input from family members and Samford staff — and
complete soon afterwards. (By the way, I also have to credit my partner Bob Allen for encouraging me
to tackle this project.)
In 2022, I want to start submitting freelance articles again for publication. In fact, some of my
heroines in literature were only published posthumously, including Emily Dickenson, one of my favorite
poets — so I feel lucky that , like Tim, I was trained as a journalist and had lots of practice meeting
deadlines early in my career. When I was later hired by an editor, Barbara Hendra at a publishing house
in New York – Simon & Schuster, I even got the opportunity to write a book (Divorce and the American
Family), as well as make my Grandmother Lehotan’s poppy seed cakes famous in a cookbook,
“Grandma’s Kitchen.” As a result, my Grandmother’s blue porcelain stove, along with a copy of the
Book are featured in a museum in upstate Michigan. Now that’s a legacy!