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mylene-dressler's picture
Sep.15.2009
"Let's say you believe in the highest principles of art, and that you want your story to express some lofty idea--or even ideal.  This is all well and good.  You don't have to sacrifice high principles to be a good writer.  You do, however, have to get off your high horse and walk the ground...
ben-fong-torres's picture
Sep.12.2009
Well, this should be fun. Or a complete disaster. Either way, Alan Unger asked for it. He's a friend of mine, and husband of a long-time buddy, Ruby, who I knew from her nights as a talk show host on KCBS. For over a year, Alan's been after me to kick off a speaker series he was organizing at The...
lynn-henriksen's picture
Jul.28.2009
  Discover the Character of your Mother with The Story Woman™ Could it be that you don't even like your mother? Ouch! Or maybe she's so special to you and you love her so much that you can't bring yourself to see her as someone distinct in her own right - someone separate from you. Have you ever...
stacy-ann-nyikos's picture
Mar.24.2009
Last week was Spring Break, that glorious one week in the Spring when kids get out of school, parents get to sleep in, and there may - if I'm lucky - even be a little adventure. This year, I was in luck. I spent the week in Charlottesville, Virginia, one of my old haunts. I love to get back to C-...
lauren-john's picture
Mar.22.2009
Surrey With A Fringe On the Top (Rodgers and Hammerstein) was written in 1943. If You Were the Only Girl In the World...and I Was the Only Boy  (Ayer and Gray) was written in 1916. Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen) was written in 1976.  And all three have led to some interesting conversations....
kellyann-f-zuzulo's picture
Feb.19.2009
Miserable people don’t want to be that way.  Generally, there’s something going on that’s making them miserable.  That’s something my Mom used to say.  Then she’d prove it, time and again.  A churlish cashier didn’t have a chance.   “You probably don’t mean to be, but you’re not being very nice,”...
alyson-mead's picture
Jan.28.2009
Yes, I saw Flava Flav, coming back into Los Angeles Monday afternoon, after the first leg of my book tour. Not that it's startling to see celebrities on planes bound for L.A., but he was standing shoulder to shoulder with the captain at the plane's entrance, kind of like a welcoming committee,...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Dec.16.2008
I once taught at a jock/ drinking school in upstate New York. The town was depressed. While once the Finger Lakes had provided commerce, now only the college did so, and as a result, there were about twelve different bars but no place to buy shoes, for example. Anyway, I taught creative writing...
lauren-john's picture
Dec.11.2008
    "They gave Him gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh"   Matthew 2:1-11   King James Bible (1611) "Marley was dead: to begin with."  Charles Dickens   A Christmas Carol   (1858) "He heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the...
pat-bertram's picture
Nov.07.2008
The one thing that separates humans from other animals is not our ability to communicate; most (perhaps all) creatures possess that ability to some degree. What separates us from animals is how we communicate: by words, by stories. We all have stories to tell. At work, we tell colleagues, “You’ll...