Monthly Archives: September 2016

Something Wonderful

This lovely and haunting poem says so much in a handful of words. It comes to us from Toby Stein, my friend and fellow scribe, who shared it with our Poetry Study Group: SEA-SAND AND SORROW What are heavy? sea-sand … Continue reading

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Energizing Words

News flash on the literary landscape the Oxford  English Dictionary unveiled 1200 new words in its latest edition, giving the English language a shot of adrenalin. Here are a sampling for all devoted wordsmiths to ponder and perhaps even weave … Continue reading

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Story Structuring

“Reading is like stepping into somebody else’s mind, a holiday from oneself.” Joan Aiken A short story: When I was in the midst of an early rewrite of my children’s novel, I decided to give my little heroine another girl … Continue reading

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Getting Sharper

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle If you want to look at a field in which constantly honing one’s skills is critical, medicine is a natural. New technology and research … Continue reading

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Going Beyond

“To be what we are, to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.” Robert Louis Stevenson “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T.S. … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Remember Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay. Remember me when no more, day … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

A lovely offering from My First Book of Poems, “Tartary” was a favorite poem of my son Alex when he was very small. Read it aloud and taste its rhythmic beauty: Tartary If I were Lord of Tartary, Myself and … Continue reading

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Socially Savvy

Social media can be mystifying. We’re all budding “authorpreneurs” — we need to build audiences and brand ourselves — but the alphabet soup of online options can be head-spinning. Sorting it all out requires a helping hand, and that’s exactly … Continue reading

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On Track

“Well begun Is half done.” Aristotle “First, once we get started…we perceive the task as much less aversive than we do when we’re avoiding it. Second, even if we don’t finish the task, we have done something, and the next … Continue reading

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Reading Habits

The habits of readers can be changeable and as savvy writers, it helps to know which way the wind is blowing. Right now, a growing share of Americans are opting to read e-books via tablets and smartphones rather than on … Continue reading

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