Ways to Get Unstuck: From Writers Block to Inspired Creative Flow

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Do you have a writing practice that works for creating first draft pages? Many components make up a writing practice. But one thing I’ve ascribed to this past several months is the setting of goals and the setting aside of … Continue reading

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Flashlight Reading and Kathmandu

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Preparations are underway for this trip of a lifetime to Kathmandu. Dad’s checking with his doctors and checking in with me about details. Some of the details I’m logging this past couple of weeks include: To take water purification tablets … Continue reading

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Kathmandu Planning & Travel Syncronicity

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Back to Kathmandu. Research for this trip is topping out at about 15 hours a week. But it’s worth it. Example: in putting feelers out to friends and friends of friends, I’ve been put in touch with trekkers, guides, wanna-be … Continue reading

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Kathmandu, Dad & The Bucketlist Trip

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Call me crazy. I’m headed to Kathmandu. With my 73-year-old father. And I need your help. I would like to collect Kathmandu travel stories as part of my preparation for this trip. And, soon. Weekly Reader Inspired Dreams No, I’m … Continue reading

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Desert Nights Rising Stars ASU Writing Conference Moment

Been busy making writing connections. Perhaps a post about writing conferences is due later this week. This tweet and photo by writer Kevin S. Moul, official Piper House Photographer. Pictured: Renee and writer Susan Pohlman, workshop instructor and author of Halfway to Each Other.

What Handheld Devices Have Done to Family TV Viewing

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TV when I was a kid was a different animal than today. Sure, it had its detractors and proponents, but what it didn’t have was 24-7 programming—anything you can imagine watching and then some—at your fingertips in your pocket. We’ve … Continue reading

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What Ever Happened to Just Dropping By?

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Why has just dropping by to visit someone fallen by the wayside?  Is it a generational thing?   Something that my over-studious, YUPified,*  helicopter-parenting,* research-before-purchasing* generation nixed? (*guilty as charged) That said, being on the receiving end of a mid day … Continue reading

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The Color Red: Sex and Symbols in a Literary Reading of Olive Kitteridge

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The color red has long been used across cultures and time to symbolize love, lust, sexuality and intimacy. Author Elizabeth Strout delicately, almost imperceptively weaves the color red throughout her novel called Olive Kitteridge. That Olive is a retired teacher … Continue reading

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