Monthly Archives: August 2011

Letter Ladder

Every morning a bit of inspiration called “Bright Moment” (www.brightmoment.com) pops into my email — and no matter what I’m doing, I take a moment to read it. These pithy 1-paragraph insights from a great motivational coach named Ed Smith … Continue reading

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Writing Process

What is it about a successful writer’s process that fascinates us so much? I guess there’s something about learning the nuts-and-bolts of how they work that seems to hold the key to improving our own performance on the page. Mostly, … Continue reading

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Feeling Upended

While I’d love to say that this was a totally productive day, it was less than stellar. Yes, taking a break from your regular writing strategy can offer benefits (see Hobgoblin Alert), but there’s a downside to interrupting your work … Continue reading

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Hobgoblin Alert

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” Oscar Wilde “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” How I love this … Continue reading

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Wonderful Day

“May all your days be wonderful!” Stan What a wonderful day! Alex and I hopped on a bus into the city and joined my darling sister Stephanie and her husband Luis for a ride around Manhattan in a lovely 1920s-style … Continue reading

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Winning Weaknesses

“Three Fingers” Mahoney was a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs. Injured in an accident when he was a little boy, he lost two of the fingers on one of his hands. To compensate, he had to figure out how to … Continue reading

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Crawford Counsels

There’s no denying it: I’m not a huge Joan Crawford fan: there’s something brittle about her that I don’t care for much. But I admire her moxie, especially after seeing a show that traced her career. She started out life … Continue reading

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