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Quotes (for me and maybe for you, too)

February 10, 2019
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As the light slowly begins to return to the Northern hemisphere, so does change. At least for me. For reasons I’ll write about soon, these quotes speak to me, and I hope, for you as well.

Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.

–Anne Lamott

The root of the problem lies in the way we deal with change. Most of us feel soinsecure that we want to create a structure around us makes us feel safe and then wedon’t want it to change. Any change increases our uncertainty and our confusion andour inadequacy. And it frightens us

Think of how bizarre that is, because you are a part of nature. Look out there, and youshow me something out there that isn’t changing. The nature of things is that theychange, including us. Do you see how you’re in a losing strategy if you pit yourselfagainst change? See, it’s a losing game.

-Ram Dass

The road to something is the start of something.

–K. GiselleBasilwango

…Only we can create that change—with skills like cooperation, community, cohesion, collaboration—that will see us through this dark night of the planet’s soul. The roots of each word is “co”, meaning together. Only with others can we create a kind, flourishing world. However (and this is hard), it means banishing the idea that your outrage and effort alone can fix this. It can’t. Only together can we right the wrongs, heal what has been broken, and over come the obstacles ahead. Together.




Reading Write: good books about writing

August 25, 2011

Lots of people ask what I read. Everything. One of the best decisions I ever made was to take a speed reading course at Sylvania Northview High School. Who knew? Of course I hate to admit it, but I signed up for the class because it had a great reputation as being easy-shmeazy. However, I did learn to speed read.

On average, I read and complete three books a week, and have just as many books going at one time. I can be in the mood for non-fiction, other times I want to sink my teeth into difficult  fiction, and most often, I want to read kid lit. I don’t always speed read through them all, but it can help.

Like most writers, I do read books about writing. They’re not only helpful to my craft, but provide great inspiration when I’m ready to chuck my computer out the window. If you don’t have them on your shelf already, I highly recommend the following:

Bird by Bird: A. Lamott

On Writing: S. King

On Becoming a Novelist: J. Gardner

The Elements of Style: Strunk/White

GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict:  Dixon

Story: Robert McKee

Self Publishing Manual: Dan Poynter

The Shortest Distance between You and a Published Book: Susan Page

Natalie Goldberg’s books

Take joy: A Writer’s guide to Learning the Craft: Yolen

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They should give you a great start. Read on!