Discovering Anew

It was a beautiful spring day today, made even more pleasant by a catch-up literary lunch I was treated to by my lovely friend Chris. We hadn’t chatted for a while because we would usually catch up on our daily dog-walking rounds — Chris with Pooch and me with my boy, Ryder, but alas, I am no longer making the morning park circuit.

So instead, Chris and I high-tailed it over to our local bagel shop where we covered the literary waterfront, so to speak. We talked about kids, books, blogs, writers, and writing — and more. We came together not just to catch up, but to celebrate, because Chris, the mom of three wonderful children, Sam, Lizzie, and little Hannah; Chris, the runner and organizer of a girl’s running group; and Chris, the lover of books and history, can now add a new feather to the many caps she wears so gracefully: local writer.

Chris has just launched a wonderful blog called Braving the Wilds: Field Notes from the Suburban Jungle (, in which she explores whatever strikes her fancy during her wanderings and musings around our hometown of Montclair. The results to date are a set of essays on everything from the glories of ketchup to catching squirrels that are witty, entertaining, and educational. I was thrilled last week when I came upon the pink house that Chris profiled in a story on Thomas Edison’s concrete home-building scheme. I’d passed the house many times, but never seen a discreet brass plaque: Thomas Edison, 1912. Who knew? Not me — that is, until Chris enlightened me.

Giving her love of writing free rein in her blog has been a wonderful gift to herself for Chris — and it’s exciting to ponder what paths her blossoming writing endeavors will take her down. She’s already started contributing stories to a local online community site — I’m sure there’s a book in the works. What a pleasure it is not just to talk about writers and writing, but to engage in this joyful pastime as a way of seeing the world anew. Bravo, Chris! Write on.

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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