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X and Extraordinary: #A-Z Challenge

“Nothing that had happened in the past could be taken away. This was an amazing gift. The past was over and done and settled; you couldn’t get it back, but still, whatever good you had gotten from it, spiritually, emotionally, would be yours for your lifetime.” Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin I[…]

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What Comes Next: #A-Z Challenge

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“Nothing is wasted when you are a writer. The stuff that doesn’t work has to be written to make way for the stuff that might.” What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas The idea that nothing is wasted is a common one for writers. Every word is[…]

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(The) Know-It-All: #A-Z Challenge

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“I remember being annoyed when a book came out a couple of years ago by a guy who drove cross-country with Einstein’s brain. Einstein’s legendary brain. Enough already. ‘I’m going to write a book about driving across the country with Darwin’s pancreas,’ I told Julie at the time. ‘And after[…]

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Ageless Soul: #A-Z Challenge

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“Aging is an activity. It is something you do, not something that happens. When you age–active verb–you are proactive. If you really age, you become a better person. If you simply grow old, passively, you get worse.” Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy by Thomas Moore Several friends[…]

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Big Rocks: My All-Time Favourite Productivity Tip

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There are degrees of busyness. Crazy busy, I believe, belongs only to people in the workforce. They are the ones with a zillion things to do at both work and home, often with few people available to help in either location. If you are working and you don’t know about[…]

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Enjoy Hunny and Hopefulness on Winnie the Pooh Day

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When it’s eleven o’clock  this morning or thereabouts, I hope you’ll join me in a little something to revive ourselves. Bread, honey and, if you wish, some condensed milk will do nicely. Eating will help us with that eleven o’clockish feeling and simultaneously allow us to toast A.A. Milne on[…]

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Have You Started Death Cleaning Yet?

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“I’ve never seen the settlement of an elderly person’s estate that didn’t involve at least one Dumpster,” said an estate lawyer. If you have helped with the post-death cleanup of a relative’s worldly possessions, you know the lawyer’s words are true. Margareta Magnusson, an elderly Swedish artist and author, would like[…]

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RAW NEWS Gives Me Direction for the Future

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In April, I wrote How to Craft Your Ideal Day…and Live It. I had a few book ideas and was looking for a way to make writing a big part of every day. I was focused on product, on doing what I’d been doing–writing for publication–but in an arena other[…]

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Ra Paulette Digs Shrines in the Wilderness

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I love serendipitous moments. Discovering the work of Ra Paulette was one such moment. Last week, I received an email notification of a New Mexico retreat by a writer whose work I follow. At a cost of $6,000 US for five days, not including airfare, the retreat will be happening[…]

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