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MINDFULNESS AND CREATIVITY

NOTE: This post was first published in February 2015. “Mindfulness” is everywhere these days, sometimes in unexpected places. My friend and photography teacher, James Martin, forwarded two excellent, short video conversations with Jay Maisel, the acclaimed photographer. What Maisel said … Continue reading

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FIVE FAVORITE BLOGS

  If you’re like me, you don’t like to spend much time reading blogs. (That’s one reason I keep this one to 300 words or less.) However, there are many blogs out there that are clearly written and full of … Continue reading

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CATS AND CHRISTMAS

If you want people to read your blog, you’ll greatly improve your chances by including cats in the title and photo. No matter how much time I spend trying to write thoughtful, well-crafted essays, the ones that get the most readers … Continue reading

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FACT EMBEDDED IN FICTION

I prefer reading fact embedded in fiction. Last week, I met with a Wareham, Massachusetts book group to discuss Jacksonland, a history of the shameful forced removal of native Americans from their ancestral lands. The history, by Steve Inskeep, an NPR … Continue reading

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IN THE BEGINNING

Earlier this week, The Atlantic carried an interview with Stephen King in which he declared that he spends months and even years writing the beginning sentences of his novels. In this blog and elsewhere I have written about the power of … Continue reading

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MEMORIAL DAY 2015

Memorial Day signals the start of summer for many of us.  As soon as school is out, vacation season begins…and that means ROAD TRIPS!  In preparation for your journey, here are some recommendations for stories of road trips: On the Road, … Continue reading

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I’M ALL EARS

I had big ears as a child—great big, stick-outie ears. My kindergarten picture shows an enthusiastic five-year-old with the biggest ears in the class. Those ears were a source of misery for me through eighth grade and then I forgot … Continue reading

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A WEEK OF WHACKY WORDS

Everything I picked up to read this week contained plays on words, made-up words or proper uses of words. I have no idea why this happened. Was it National Words Week? Or did the planets align to give me a … Continue reading

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WHY GOODREADS IS GOOD FOR ALL

This week I was looking for a few “good reads” for six-year-olds and spent a lot of time perusing Goodreads. It’s a terrific website and I recommend it to anyone who loves books. I first became acquainted with the site … Continue reading

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WRITERS AT OUR SISTER’S SCHOOL

  Our Sister’s School invited me back this year to talk to a group of young writers about the art and craft of writing fiction. These young women voluntarily stay after school in order to learn more about writing–and they … Continue reading

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