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Writing is

Writing is the mineshaft to the soul. ~ John Baird

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Goblin Mode and other Gems

I’m always collecting word gems, aren’t you? Do you keep an active word list to update and refresh your vocabulary? The first Word of the Year voted by the public for the Oxford Dictionary is goblin mode. As you might guess, goblin mode is not an attractive state of being. Think slothful and freeing. The […]

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What Inspires You?

We’re blanketed in fog on the hill where I live in Oregon. The roofs are coated in frost, the tall Douglas firs at the end of the block are muffled and spooky, and the kettle is boiling for my second cup of Earl Grey. For months now I’ve been pondering the question of what inspires […]

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Instructions for Living a Life

Instructions for Living a  Life Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver Check out the Poetry Foundation for more about Oliver. I’ve been reading a lot this winter, but haven’t read much poetry lately. Going to remedy that and suggest writers everywhere devour poetry and song lyrics and forage for metaphors and figurative […]

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After nourishment, shelter and companionship,  stories are  the thing we most need in the world. Philip Pullman

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A New Year’s Wish

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January

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Light, Lists, and Good Wishes for 2023

As the year wraps up I wanted to wish writers everywhere light, success, and wonder. This time of year I ake stock, make plans, and peruse the ‘best of’  lists, especially when it comes to books. Here are a few you might enjoy: Former president Barak Obama shares his favorite books, music, and movies here. […]

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December

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November

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