Category Archives: Quotations

GUILT GEMS*

As I get older, I have much more to look back on and feel guilty about. Yes, yes there’s no point in feeling guilty.  I could go into what has made me like this, but who cares? When I can’t … Continue reading

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WEDDINGS AND CLICHES

There is something about weddings that lends itself to thinking in clichés. Watching our youngest son at his wedding last week got me thinking about all the life events that lie ahead for the newly married couple and how, for … Continue reading

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THE CHARM OF FISHING

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”                            —John Buchan, Scottish politician … Continue reading

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ON TURNING 70

A couple of months ago I had my 70th birthday. I’m now the same age as Helen Mirren, that perennial example of “ageless beauty.” It took me a few months to decide to write about being 70—not because I keep … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL SENTENCES

Beautiful sentences in English literature are a pleasure to read and remember. Recently Daniel Dalton of BuzzFeed Books solicited reader opinions on the most beautiful sentences they had read. Here are some of their favorites (and mine), with attribution of … Continue reading

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HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL

Writing a novel is difficult. Many writers hope to learn from the methods of successful authors, much as we all search for the secret of life. In both cases, the answer is different for everyone and we have to find … Continue reading

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FOUR QUOTES FOR A NEW YEAR

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