Knowing when to give up

August 2 by

But if you see something that truly doesn’t belong in you anymore? Be brave. Admit it. Acknowledge it.

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3 Ways Curiosity is Your Best Friend

July 2 by

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother cold ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”  Not long ago, as I was cleaning out a room at my farm house, I came across an old picture of one of my great, great relatives.  Not sure if she was an aunt or a grandmother, but the picture dates back to the 1800’s.  It was in a frame that looked to be of about the same era, but the frame was coming apart, and not actually repairable.  I decided to take the picture out and discard the frame. I pulled the outer backing off, and it came apart as I did.  Then I started to peel back an old piece of paper...

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New York City Subway Series: Romance

February 8 by

Recently, I visited New York.  We spent a lot of time moving from place to place via the subway. If you’ve never ridden the subway in New York, I highly recommend it.  If you’re a writer, photographer, or artist, I would go as far as to say riding the subway is a MUST. Yes, it’s dirty, it’s loud, it’s crowded, it can be smelly and tight and frustrating.  But, it’s a great place to people watch.  Every possible walk of life moves through New York by that means of transportation. This is the third and final post (for now) in the New York City Subway Series.  The first one was on journaling.  The second one was on character development.  And this one offers some thoughts on love stories. When you travel on the subway/train,...

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New York City Subway Series: Character Development through Shoes

February 1 by

I thought to myself, she’d be a great heroine for a story. Strong and quiet with kickass shoes! Perhaps the shoes were her weapon of choice? Not a joiner, but someone who could be counted on to do what was necessary when called upon for action.

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New York City Subway Series: Journaling

January 18 by

The subway is a great place to lose yourself in thought. And on one trip, we sat across from a lovely woman who was not only lost in thought, but she was journaling. She was completely oblivious to everything around her as she focused solely on her writing. You could tell she loved the journal, and that she used it often, if not daily, by the bruised and somewhat tattered edges of the paper. The pen she used had no specialness to it.

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Noticing Life’s Accoutrements

September 20 by

I am a writer. Shouldn’t I remember those kinds of details?

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