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cynthia-brian's picture
Jan.23.2010
    © By Cynthia Brian (Excerpt from the book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS with permission www.bethestaryouare.com)   Winston Churchill wrote, “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” I believe in the importance of having...
andrea-alban-gosline's picture
Jan.03.2010
Rather than resolve to accomplish a long list of improvements in the next 365 days, I commit myself to just one new perspective: I will live deeply in the little moments of my life. When the moment is joyous, I will take note and appreciate. When the moment is difficult, I will ask myself what I...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Dec.27.2009
December has been a fascinating month–so fascinating that I’ve gotten almost no writing accomplished. I had some health challenges, followed by fairly minor-ish surgery, followed by some more health stuff, all of which resolved beautifully and I am well, or as well as someone with Rheumatoid...
raymond-mallette's picture
Dec.22.2009
       Nope! I haven't vanished. I've just been very busy. I had to come in and share my thoughts.      Ever feel like you are battling a no-win scenario? I believe in Star Trek it was referred to as the Kobiyashi Maru (No I'm not sure of the spelling:).      Like Kirk in Star Trek, I do not...
sangay-glass's picture
Nov.12.2009
I was reading a post asking folks to explain when writing became a passion and how they learned the craft. No surprise... most people started creating works of literature the first time they picked up a pen. Not me... I'm dyslexic. Every word I write is testament to my love of not writing, but...
lisa-heeren's picture
Sep.11.2009
Four weeks ago, I was slapped in the face by my foot.   I'm a high school broadcast journalism teacher and I broke my ankle on the second day of school. This is somewhat of a specialized field and you can't exactly get a qualified substitute teacher to fill your shoes and take up the lessons where...
lakisha-spletzer's picture
Aug.20.2009
I felt the need to write this entry because of some recent events in my life.  I'm searching for a solution but maybe because I'm "in the forest, I can't see the trees," I'm getting nowhere fast. So I'm hoping that maybe some of you who have had to face the challenge of balancing your...
marilyn-kallet's picture
Apr.14.2009
The suicide this week of poet Deborah Digges has saddened the writing community.  I didn't know her personally, but was an admirer of her work.  She was a professor at Tufts, where I took my undergraduate degree.   Her death has opened the conversation again about other poets who committed suicide...
james-buchanan's picture
Nov.06.2008
Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of being a ghost writer of books is trying to always keep in mind the vision the author has for the material, even when the research may lead you astray. The risk is that as you write and write the text will take on a life of its own to the point where...
jacqueline-carney's picture
Oct.29.2008
I've been vascillating for two months about joiningNaNoWriMo. It will be my first year. I am trying to wrap up my first novel but feel like I have hit a wall and need to let it sit a while. Maybe this will be the distraction I need. To begin, I'll gather my thoughts while I imagine placid...