Monthly Archives: September 2021

The Stairs

Zig Ziglar, a legendary motivational speakers tells a story of the day he visited the Washington monument. As he and his party approached the historic landmark,he heard a guide announcing loudly that there would be a two-hour wait to ride … Continue reading

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Reading Retreat

“A few weeks ago, I decided to take a reading retreat. I was going away to a remote location, cut off from the outside world, and I could look forward to two solid weeks of reading…. “Throughout those two weeks, … Continue reading

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Savoring Solitude

From “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau: “I have my horizon bounded by woods all to myself, a distant view of the railroad where it touches the pond on the one hand, and the fence which skirts the woodland road on … Continue reading

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Work-play Approach

I once had a teacher who used to tell her students that the key to learning anything was “short and frequent intervals of study.” For some reason, I’ve always remembered her words and as time goes on they seem to … Continue reading

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Seeking Success

“Put your heart, mind, spirit, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda There is no shortage of definitions of success, but to my mind, this one has staying power. When we put … 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 by day,You tell me … Continue reading

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One Rule

“Write what you like; there is no other rule.” O. Henry O. Henry, born in 1862, has his birthday this weekend. Still considered a master of the short story, he’s also known for his surprise endings—twists of fate that readers … Continue reading

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Self-editing tips

“I have rewritten—often several times—every word I ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.” Vladimir Nabakov Whatever writing project you are working on, at some point, hopefully soon, you are going to want to send your work out into the … Continue reading

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Old Friemds

“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” How true this fortune cookie bite of wisdom is! And how wonderful it is to revisit old “friends” and enjoy their wisdom and beauty anew. It’s like … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Let’s launch this Labor Day Weekend early with a lovely meditation on work. Kahlil Gibran said that “work is love made visible,”and to help us make the most of each day’s labor, let’s keep in mind his powerful poem “On … Continue reading

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