Monthly Archives: May 2016

Upbeat Submitting

“Choose to feel optimistic. It feels better!” Dalai Lama “Choose to feel optimistic” — what wonderful advice. On the one hand, it’s so simple — on the other, it isn’t always easy. When we’re alone on the page in the … Continue reading

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Reading Well

“I believe very, very deeply in books. I think they’re the only thing we have that can get us to radically re-understand our society. I don’t think movies can. I don’t think a song can. But a book can.” Sebastian … Continue reading

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“Book People”

“All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.” “What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Just to inspire us all and remind us why writing matters, here’s a fantastic monologue delivered by an 8-year-old dynamo named Madison: “The world needs books! What would the world be like without books? They fuel our mind like cars … Continue reading

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Helping Hands

Back in the days when he was an ambitious young printer eager to get ahead, Ben Franklin masterminded and launched what’s reputed to be America’s first lending library in his hometown of Philadelphia. Libraries have come a long way since … Continue reading

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One Page

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another.” … Continue reading

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Rhythmic Writing

Poet, playwright, Grand Slam Champ, and teacher extraordinaire reg e gaines is in love with words and his enthusiasm is infectious.  Spending an evening with him at a Write Group workshop is always great fun, equal parts inspiring and challenging. … Continue reading

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Personal Forests

“Whenever I have knocked, a door opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared. I have been helped, supported, encouraged, and nurtured by people of all races, creeds, colors, and dreams.” Alice Walker An amazing fact: A redwood tree … Continue reading

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Wise Words

This evening, I had fun roaming through some copies of the wonderful motivational magazine Bits & Pieces searching for inspiration.* I’ve gathered together some quotes from writers I think may inspire us all: “I never know what I think about … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

A beautiful bouquet of words full of hope and love: “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” Abraham Lincoln “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If … Continue reading

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