Tag Archives: Writing

“Borrowed Words”

In Japanese landscape gardening the word shakkei means “borrowed view.” The designer “borrows,” or incorporates, any view beyond property borders, thereby visually enlarging his own property and landscape. This winter in New England is already legendary for its deep snows and brutal cold. It’s robbed energy and … Continue reading

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To The Lighthouse —

“If you are writing the clearest, truest words you can find and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like its own little lighthouse. Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for … Continue reading

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Of Making Many Books, There is No End — or Reward?

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12 It was that way right from the beginning, I’m sure. Carvers in stone, makers of runes,  scribes in papyrus and parchment, … Continue reading

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In the Midst of Winter —

Friends who fled the wintry North for Florida sunshine want to know how it’s going back home. Here’s how it’s going: And here’s how we (try to) deal with it. We rub two words together until the sparks fly, until … Continue reading

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Why We Write —

Do you ever wonder why, if you write, that you do so? This morning’s Writer’s Almanac, a great daily read if you’re interested in writers and writing and other such trivial pursuits, brought this quote from E.B. White, essayist and … Continue reading

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Write On….

One must really be brave to choose love or writing as one’s guides, because they may lead one to the space in which the meaning of our life is hidden — and who can say that this space may not … Continue reading

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On Paying Attention

It seems like so little to do, doesn’t it? Just look. Just watch. Just pay attention. Of course it isn’t easy at all, nor is it little. It isn’t only in Zen that it’s one of the things that are … Continue reading

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Train of thought now leaving from Platform A—

A perfect stream of consciousness (train of thought, digression, whatever) happened a few days ago, when I could clearly trace the stations I stopped in at from the time I was first sidetracked. Continue reading

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To Tell the Truth, Take 2

There’s a lot of action going on in the Comments (see fine print at the end of each post) on To Tell the Truth. For one thing, you’ll find a choice little bibliography of books on writing. For another, DJE suggested a … Continue reading

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To Tell the Truth —

Whether one writes in a room of one’s own or in public places, the demand of what’s to be done remains the same: …Good writing is about telling the truth. We are a species that needs and wants to understand … Continue reading

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