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Aug.02.2012
Whether you’re a professional writer, a student writing a paper, or an executive writing a business proposal, everyone at some point experiences writer’s block. Writer’s block is a condition in which a person is unable to create new work.  It varies in severity from mildly annoying causing one...
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Jul.25.2012
In my last blog, I discussed how I am the type of person who is rarely satisfied with my accomplishments because I am always focused on reaching the next goal.  I am the person whose good is never good enough and whose best can only improve. Although I have achieved many goals by working hard...
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Jul.17.2012
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.” St Jerome These words were printed upon a poster, which hung on the door of my first grade classroom.  Words meant to inspire and motivate.  I would imagine most walked by but I read these words,...
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Jul.10.2012
“Here lies one whose name was writ in water.” These are the words etched on John Keats’ tombstone.  Keats, an English Romantic poet, died at the young age of twenty-five with a keen understanding of life’s transience. But did he choose these words because he was aware of his mortality or...
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Jul.03.2012
What does the Fourth of July evoke for you?  Is it family picnics barbequing hamburgers and hotdogs and eating fruit and macaroni salad?  Is it sitting in the cool grass on a warm night, neck craned watching colorful displays of fireworks? Or maybe you think of the flag raised and proudly...
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Jun.29.2012
Fairytales today, both written and rewritten, seem to imbue the female character with power not before observed in fairytales of the past.  However, it can be argued that this revisionist perspective regarding the attainment of power is only in part due to the changes in cultural climate....
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Jun.20.2012
I love books.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand.  I read in every spare moment and when I don’t have many moments to spare then I read while eating, drying my hair or in bed before falling asleep.  For me, every unopened book provides the possibility of...
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Jun.14.2012
As a writer and an avid reader, I often hear people say, “I never have time to read a book”.  Odd since most of us try to manage our lives in a manner that saves time. If while reading this you are also listening to music while texting a friend as you play a computer game then you are...
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Jun.06.2012
If you’ve been to NYC then you know you can find them, the vendors in Canal Street and set-up near subways selling “designer” merchandise.  Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Kate Spade styled handbags and accessories can be purchased for a bargain price if you don’t mind a modified label.  And...
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May.25.2012
Do you remember your first dairy?  Perhaps it was pink with flowers and given to you as a little girl to record your hopes and dreams. Or maybe you were a teenager and your best friend gifted it to you for secrets too private for even her to hear.  Or it could have been your first love...
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May.17.2012
My favorite moment of the day is reading a story to my little boy at bedtime.  As most writers, I am first a reader and so I love stories especially children’s books which when done well are sublime in their innocence and clever in their nuance.  And as most mothers, I cherish those quiet...
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May.08.2012
If you’re a writer than you know that fame and fortune are probably not in your future.  Writing a “Harry Potter” or a “Hunger Games” is like winning the lottery.  Sure, you always could but the odds are against you.  Of course there are always the “experts” who have advice on...
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May.01.2012
Recently, Mitt Romney’s supporters produced a political advertisement portraying President Obama as the celebrity president.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GijxmrgtUU8). The advertisement shows him dancing, singing, drinking a beer and swearing; all activities in which the general population...
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Apr.24.2012
In my last blog, I wrote about the “mommy wars”, which pit working moms against stay-at-home moms in the fight to decided whose choice is right.  It is a war in which many women choose not to fight but unfortunately are drafted, forced to choose sides.  However, I previously didn’t...
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Apr.17.2012
The “mommy war” has once again been waged with Hilary Rosen firing the first shot by saying that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” and “never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing.” But she lacked precision because...
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