Monthly Archives: December 2017

Darling Dorothy

“Be bigger than your fears.” Dorothy Today  — December 20 — is her birthday; she passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2004. Since then, my beautiful sister Stephanie and I came up with the idea of getting together to celebrate … Continue reading

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Marvelous You

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is … Continue reading

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True Happiness

“Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one’s powers and talents.”    John  W. Gardner “Storybook happiness” — it’s so seductive, isn’t it? The pleasures of “pleasant thumb-twiddling” are all around us: The … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

This evocative poem is from Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (see “Beguiling Music): The Stranger at the Door Richard Paul & Ron Bremner Hello, you who are the stranger who knows exactly who you are I see you coming … Continue reading

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“Beguiling Music”

“Leonard Cohen has been a companion throughout my life. His words and songs arriving as I needed, each time explaining to my heart the things my mind found difficult.”   Debbie Jones, from Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Sometimes a … Continue reading

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Details Deliver

In many ways, as writers, we’re also artists in a visual sense: We paint worlds with our words. Cultivating an eye for telling details can give our writing texture and a sense of place. In Georgia Heard’s lovely guide, Writing … Continue reading

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Only Begin

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”   Walter Bagehot, journalist and economist “When we line up all the facts we think are against us, the facts can stop us before we start. Whatever we … Continue reading

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