Monthly Archives: August 2010

Just Freelax!

“A relaxed mind is a creative mind.” Yogi Tea Tag One day, when my son Alex was about four, he saw that I was feeling harried. His advice simple and to the point, “Just freelax, mom!” Now, whenever I get … Continue reading

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Dream Catchers

“Your dream always lies outside your comfort zone.” Coach Mike Tully Whatever the dream that inspires us to write, achieving it is going to be demanding and uncomfortable: we’re going to have to push ourselves beyond self-imposed limitations. How do … Continue reading

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Time Off

“A good rest is half the work.” Proverb My son Alex is an avid cyclist. He spent this summer working at our local bike shop and competes on the collegiate circuit. I’m just about to head out for a few … Continue reading

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Pruning Shears

“I’m nobody! Who are you?” “I felt a funeral in my brain,” “The heart asks pleasure first.” To glimpse the fertile mind and genius of Emily Dickinson, all you have to do is scan her first lines: lyrical, whimsical, cutting … Continue reading

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Flying Solo

“Writers, perhaps, stand in special need of collegial associations. Their work, drawing on private depths of knowledge and feeling, is necessarily conducted in isolation and silence….” This comment by John Updike really struck a chord in me. And for some … Continue reading

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Less=More

When I take a few days off to visit someplace new and recharge, I often find that some sort of theme announces itself to me. That’s exactly what happened on a recent trip. The same message kept cropping up everywhere: … Continue reading

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“Cadillac Arrest”

I don’t know about you, but I love giving books as gifts because, more often than not, I get to borrow them at some point and read them myself. When my darling sister Stephanie asked for a copy of The … Continue reading

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