Category Archives: Writers

Behind the Blog

“Persistence isn’t very glamorous. If genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, then as a culture we tend to lionize the one percent.  We love its flash and dazzle. But great power lies in the other ninety-nine percent.’ … Continue reading

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On Being Innumerate

I am innumerate. And what is that? most everyone will ask (except, perhaps, a few other sufferers.) It really is a word found in dictionaries, and it means (in the simplest definition):  “marked by an ignorance of mathematics and the scientific … Continue reading

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ON BEING KIND

(The 19th century American novelist Henry James, who was perhaps more English than the English, was notorious for complicated and torturous sentences that often have to be deconstructed like puzzles. But in “real life” he could be clear and straightforward about … Continue reading

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No “There” There?

Coming up dry for ideas, I had invited three improv challenges from blog viewers and received them in short order. My first two responses were On NOT Borrowing Trouble and Taking the Plunge. (As always, readers’ comments go beyond my posts … Continue reading

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“Fate Cannot Harm Me….”

It seems like forever that I’ve known the saying: “Fate cannot harm me, I have dined today.” Every time I have a really super meal, it pops into my head. I thought it was just a saying, you know, a … Continue reading

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A Little Game of Tag — Wanna Play?

Fellow blogger Jen of Random Acts of Writing [ + Art]  challenged me in a recent post to a little game of Tag. Nowadays the idea of playing tag leaves me languid in an armchair, but when I was a … Continue reading

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The Mountains Touch the Clouds

In a world where multi-tasking is a goal and priority, where we twitter unceasing to the empty air, where our lives are open Facebooks and if we are not busy from morning until night we become disoriented, it is profoundly … Continue reading

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Wondering —

“you have to be careful, ask yourself questions, as for example whether you still are, and if no when it stopped, and if yes how long it will still go on, anything at all to keep you from losing the … Continue reading

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Things Take Time: FRIENDSHIP

“Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can’t have too many friends because then you’re just not really friends.” —- Truman Capote Imagine what author Truman Capote would have had to say about Facebook! … Continue reading

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Seven Link Challenge

One of my favorite bloggers, unquenchable Stef of the extraordinary Smile, Kiddo has invited me to participate in a “Seven Links Challenge” (more very soon.) I’m an easily discouraged perfectionist, so my first reaction was, Are you kidding? No way. But … Continue reading

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