Grandma’s Bag of Tricks

I found this fantastic book, which I’ve been perusing in the evenings.  On the cover, it reads “Grandma’s Bag of Tricks,” but I’m going to steal them from Grandma.  The book is Sharon Lovejoy’s Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars.  Firefly Lanterns!  Worm Hotel!  Pizza Box Solar Oven!  Faerie Houses!  Memory Boxes!  Peek-a-Boo Planters! I got […]

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The Bible Is An Antique Volume

I just discovered this poem by Emily Dickinson.  I think I’ll let it stand on its own. [Post image: Old Bible by abcdz2000 on stock.xchng]

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Dilemma

Question for the day: Why is it that we care less about the people farther away from us than those closer to us? An old episode of Twilight Zone, to illustrate.  I’m taking this verbatim from David Eagleman’s new book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which is great, by the way. We all […]

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The Mindful Child

We all know kids who are out of control.  We all know adults who are out of control.  And we all don’t want to have those kids or be those adults. Enter: mindfulness. I’ve posted numerous times on this topic only because it’s extremely important to me.  There’s the post on Building Emotional Intelligence, based […]

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Finding Your Voice

This post is for all my writer friends out there. If you go (or have gone) to writers’ workshops, you’ll know that the topic of voice is high up on the list of must-haves.  Supposedly, though, it’s an elusive thing, something you’ll know only when you’ve found it.  Something that’ll make the best agent or […]

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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