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Helen W. Mallon | Helen W. Mallon

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Jun.11.2011
Following through on writing projects (or any other endeavor that's not "necessary" to life) is a common problem for people who really DO want to write, or paint, or learn to refinish furniture.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting a series on how to deal with it. Time can be a bear...
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Mar.31.2011
Jennifer Connor, editor of Books to Go Now, kindly offered to feature my essay on how artists keep going in the face of rejection, discouragement over one's perceived inabilities, etc...(etc. etc. ad nauseum!) Writers, Don't Give Up!
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Mar.13.2011
I'm thrilled that my new story, "Did You Put the Cat to Bed?" is available for download onto either ereader or computer.  It'll set you back by $1.99. Did You Put the Cat to Bed? from BookstogoNow It's also available for Kindle on Amazon.
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Mar.04.2011
The first official protest against slavery in North America was written by four Quaker men in Germantown, Philadelphia in 1688:  "And those who steal or robb men, and those who buy or purchase them, are they not all alike? To bring men hither, or to rob and sell them against their will, we...
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Feb.17.2011
Apparently, the King of Bahrain recently attempted  to squash protest in his domain by giving each family  among his subjects $2,650.   I don't think it worked. Bahrain, which hosts a fleet of the U.S. Navy seen as as safeguard against Iran, has been rocked with demonstrations.  Maybe the...
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Feb.06.2011
I'm lucky.  This week I took a few days away at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center near Philadelphia.  I have about an hour before lunch, then it's back to real life. But hey, dummy this is real life!!Some things I've gotten from my time here (in no order, with no particular evaluation of...
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Jan.27.2011
My daughter had school on Wednesday.  It wouldn't have been unusual except that snow had been falling for hours when we got up, which usually sends Philadelphia into a tizzy.  Three hours later, she called from school to say the place was shutting down. On the tortuously slow drive in, I joked that...
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Jan.22.2011
New and improved is an oxymoron.  But everyone knows what it means!  Here's my updated website, designed by my very talented husband, Steve.  Helen W. Mallon, Editor Definition: An editor sits in the sun all day and doesn't work very hard.  Oh, and people send her money.
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Jan.17.2011
The Quaker plain speech began as a way of protesting social rank.  The early English Friends did a lot of jail time for their radical views, and their somewhat combative social identity was predicated on not deferring to people of higher rank with the pronoun "You," or condescending to...
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Jan.10.2011
A few days ago, I thought my daughter was having a seizure.  She's a teenager.  Perhaps those go together, perhaps not.  We were having dinner at Applebee's.  I glanced up from the menu to look at her sitting across from me, but her eyes were out of focus, pinging bing bing bing, up down, sideways...