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Bibliophile Treasures

Noteworthy literature tidbits for today, since I’m doing the last bits of heavy research for my second novel. Barack Obama writes a fan letter to Yann Martel for Life of Pi. A playlist (by Mike Errico) for Kelly Corrigan’s new book Lift, which comes out today.  Corrigan wrote Lift as a love letter to her […]

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What Do You Want Your Child To Be?

“Happy!” is usually the resounding answer. Christine Carter’s short article “How to Raise Happy Kids” in the Huffington Post gives three deceptively simple tips.  [The article is to highlight her book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.] One of which is praising a child appropriately.  This is one thing […]

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Momentum

I’ve been thinking a lot about momentum.  You writers out there know there are so many ways to sabotage oneself, and it takes enormous effort to sit, research, read, or write, when the inspiration isn’t there.  This is when you must duct tape yourself to your chair.  The writing will come; it always does.  It […]

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Thin Places

Kevin Kaiser posted this video on his blog last Saturday, in which he discusses how all artists (songwriters, painters, sculptors, speakers, writers…I would add in here, parents*) are in this thin place where heaven and earth touch. We, as artists, talk about more than we know.  We talk about love and grace and truth, in […]

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To Marry…Or Not

My friend Becky sent this to me.  It’s Charles Darwin’s personal pros/cons list on whether or not to marry, right before his marriage to Emma Wedgwood in 1839. Hilarious, and only so, because it was not written in my lifetime! Now it’s got me to thinking what my list would look like.  I don’t think […]

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