I recently read A simple favor, a twisty thriller about the friendship of two women and the mysterious disappearance of one of them. I had a fair amount of feelings while reading this book - Unlikable characters with interesting stories to tell: I've always envied and wondered on how this can be done in my … Continue reading A Simple Favor and connection
It's been little while since I wrote a quote post, but I think this one is well worth the effort: "Everything has beauty in it, but not everyone sees it." - Confucius It might sound a bit cheesy, but this year I'm trying to make an effort to start each day with gratitude. I'm hoping … Continue reading Seeing the beauty
Sometimes, people can really surprise you and show you an act of kindness when you need it most. I first noticed this several years ago when I was going through a bad divorce and happened upon several kind strangers. Even though they weren't a part of my life, just by showing kindness, they made a … Continue reading On Kindness
"Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence." - Eckhart Tolle As we finish out the first month of this new … Continue reading On presence
He tells me everyone has baggage. I am no exception. I don't have the 5-piece matching set with little rolling wheels (I always have jokes), but I have some none-the-less. I imagine us all - commuting, walking, or hanging out with our collection of carry-ons, carryalls, and that 5-piece matching set. Invisible luggage clogging up … Continue reading baggage
As a writer, I believe in the power of words. When I’m sad, I wrap them around me like a blanket - finding comfort in the warmth of their wisdom. I find solace in reading line after line, until their strength moves within me - and pushes me past comfort and into action. I am … Continue reading The power of words
I recently learned a new word: MacGuffin. To my writer friends: I know, I'm possibly the last writer to learn this word. To everyone else, allow me to explain something I just learned about myself: A MacGuffin is something that moves the plot along, but by itself is not really important (or can be substituted … Continue reading MacGuffins
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Well, it's that time again. We're in the midst of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where novices and experts alike try to write 50,000 words in one month. I wish I could say there are two kinds of writers - those who struggle to craft every word and those who write quickly and with a … Continue reading How do you write?
This is not a political blog.... ....but I still want to tell you that you need to vote. Obviously, I spend most of my blogging time chatting about writing, reading, and watching TV/movies. But the truth of the matter is that today, those of us in the U.S. have a civic responsibility to vote. So, … Continue reading Go vote