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anne-paris's picture
May.11.2010
Even though artists may require isolation in order to immerse, it is the presence of certain types of relationships that gives them the courage and strength to take the dive. The mere presence of other people in the artist's life does not necessarily provide the kind of support he or she needs (one...
catherine-nagle's picture
Nov.29.2009
Precious Love When she appeared in Medugorje in the 1990s, in one of the letters that Mary, the Blessed Mother, dictated, she said she cried for our children because those in middle- and upper-incomes families were more in need of love and care than those in poorer families, even if the poor...
victoria-zackheim's picture
Oct.20.2009
Many of you have met Elizabeth Lyon and have enjoyed her quick wit and openness, while an even larger number of you have used her books on writing and editing...for your own writing and for your students'.  I received this email and thought we might get something moving for Elizabeth.  About six...
brenda-youngerman's picture
Oct.15.2009
I had a rare chance to speak with my daughter last night over dinner. When I say rare, it was because she and I were alone in the house and we were not pressured to be anywhere after dinner, so we had time to enjoy our food and each other's company. The conversation turned to happiness...in...
anne-paris's picture
Oct.07.2009
We all need relationships that help us to feel special, safe, and understood. Real-life relationships that foster these feelings in us are the fundamental ground in which we find the courage and hope that we need to create. But what if we do not have such relationships in our life? Is creativity...
shaila-abdullah's picture
Sep.25.2009
According to the World Bank, the current global crisis has pushed 90 million people into poverty and is slated to have a disastrous impact on health and education projects in the developing world unless the rich nations begin aiding the poor. Please do your part in alleviating global poverty...
anne-paris's picture
Sep.02.2009
Most books on creativity describe the creative process as a solitary and isolated endeavor. Creativity is something we do alone. It requires total engagement in the process. The creative state is one that is similar to a meditative trance, in that the artist becomes unaware of his or her...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Aug.14.2009
The following is the letter I wrote to the brave group of folks who started–and yes, finished–books with me last fall. I thought it might be useful to anyone gearing up to write a book. If you want to join my group, check it out HERE. Dear Book Writers, Why a Frame? Why are we starting with plot...
margie-marybelle-mckinnon's picture
Jul.14.2009
I've recently been invited to serve on the Board of Directors of a foundation called Let Go,Let Peace Come In at www.letgoletpeacecomein.org/ .  Their mission is: "To bring healing, support, and awareness to the hundreds of millions of adult childhood sexual abuse survivors and their families...
rowena-cherry's picture
May.20.2009
My grandmother on the distaff side used to say, "If you've nothing nice to say, don't say anything..." Switch "nice" for "helpful" and you have my current philosophy. I've recently been invited to become a contributing member of the teaching blog "1st Turning...