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empathy | empathy

bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Mar.18.2012
There are people who think it’s odd that a coach crash in Switzerland which killed 28 Dutch and Belgian passengers, including 22 children, receives more attention than a similar accident that took place in Africa. There are also people who think it’s strange that Prince Friso’s skiing accident...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.09.2012
A quick shout out to Rosanne Dingli, who brought up the topic of writers' virtues in a recent blog.  (Her blog is interesting; go there.)  This started a conversation with someone about specifically which five virtues were mandatory for every successful writer.  We disagreed about...
catherine-ryan-hyde's picture
Jan.31.2012
Years ago, I was doing a lot of business travel. And I do mean a lot. I was supplementing my writing income as a public speaker. It got out of hand, at least by my standards. I was on the road for about a third of the year. One day I was exhausted and trying to get home when an airline problem...
stephen-kata's picture
Nov.01.2011
You never know when a small decision may turn out to have greater meaning than you imagine.... It's a yellow house with brown trim.  The yard is well kept, and newly clipped bushes border the dwelling.  As a postman will, I have spoken at times with both the husband and wife who live...
adira-rotstein's picture
Jun.10.2011
  Often, I love the beginning of a book, but find the ending to be a rude disappointment.  I close the cover feeling cheated and angry and I wonder why.  Is it just my own peculiar idiosyncratic reaction to the story?  Sometimes I don't know what specifically provoked me to feel that way and feel...
bonnie-char's picture
Mar.24.2011
As I've passed the half-century mark, I've come to the place in life where I no longer finish an unenjoyable book or movie rental. There is a point I reach at which I know I've spent enough time at an unfulfilling piece of fiction, and can expect more of the same if I continue. So if (after a given...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.10.2011
Without planning (or plotting) to do so, a dog became a major character in my thriller. And will appear in the second. It's true that my Louie-the-dog might have too many stellar traits for one dog (he is well-trained in offence and defence). However, his empathy for his humans (and vice-versa) fit...
cheryl-hall-russell's picture
Mar.01.2011
There he stood in the middle of the parking lot bordering Crate and Barrel and the Cheesecake Factory. Motorist zipped by him engaging in full on parking warfare.  A small black man in his 30s, he was dressed neatly in a long t-shirt, short jacket and baggy pants.  His smooth brown face was etched...
cindy-sullivan's picture
Feb.16.2011
As much as I have needed to vent about the burgeoning ‘boat people’ issue on Australian shores, for some time now I have resisted, out of concern that I might open the floodgates of my frustration, despair and rage. Today I realised that I was being ruled by fear of the unknown. This very same...
tina-b-tessina's picture
Dec.15.2010
When I was about 7, I had a doll, originally a "Betsy-Wetsy" doll, who had eyes that would close and who drank a bottle and wet her diaper (big toy technology when I got the doll, about 1949) I had had the doll a few years, left her out in the sun and rain, so her latex skin was blistered...