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A Lesson on Writing, Gardening, and Life from Maya Angelou


“The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished, and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood.”  Maya Angelou Sometimes, I find it interesting that I began to write again at the same time I started to garden. Perhaps, this … Continue reading

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Setting Sail in New Winds


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. … Continue reading

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Where’s the Beef? The Art of the Edit – Flash Fiction


When I was a kid (that’s what we called each other – none of us was a “child”) I read everything I could get my hands on, including spending my whopping 25 cent allowance on comic books, an original form … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of the Perfect


I don’t know if I have any friends or readers left, having abandoned this blog for such a long time. How can it be five months? I stopped blogging to try to pour myself into my last edit of The … Continue reading

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To Let You Eat Cake


I am reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing.  In it he says, “When you write you tell yourself  a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is not the story.” That quote has produced varied thoughts for me. … Continue reading

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And Now You Know the Rest of the Story?


My mother had a thing for Paul Harvey.  She loved to listen to his radio broadcasts and in particular to the stories he told.  Harvey broadcast his own daily news taken from the headlines, filled with the foibles of humanity, … Continue reading

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“Writing is Thinking…That’s Why It’s so Hard.”


David McCullough is a favorite writer/historian of mine.  I just real several articles by him so stay tuned…there are more quotes to come. But my very favorite is, “You can’t learn to play the piano without playing the piano, you … Continue reading

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