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Soul Food

The day was warm and muggy. It was June, and we were in Philadelphia for a conference. The meetings and exhibits shut down early that day, and we had an entire afternoon of freedom. We wandered down the couple of … Continue reading

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Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Self

Dear Fifteen-Year-Old Self, I tried to find a picture of you, but I couldn’t. Because you don’t have a digital camera yet. And all those film photos you’ve been taking? Yeah. They’re in a box at Mom and Dad’s house. … Continue reading

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the One a Day project

I am two weeks in to my One a Day project. The One a Day project is something I had been thinking about for a while. I always felt kinda guilty when people would ask how my writing was coming … Continue reading

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word of the day:: arabesque

arabesque: [ar-uh–besk] –noun 1.  Fine Arts . a sinuous, spiraling, undulating, or serpentine line or linear motif. 2. a pose in ballet in which the dancer stands on one leg with one arm extended in front and the other leg and arm extended behind. 3. a short, fanciful musical piece, typically for piano. 4. any ornament or ornamental object, as a rug or mosaic, inwhich flowers, foliage, fruits, vases, animals, and figures are represented in a fancifully combined pattern. -adjective 5. decorated with or characterized by arabesques: arabesque design.    Origin: 1605–15;  < F < It arabesco  ornament in Islamic style, lit.,Arabian, equiv. to arab ( o ) arab  + -esco -esque “What is line? It is life. A line must live at each point along its course in such a way that the artist’s presence makes itself felt … Continue reading

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review :: The Historian

The Historian Elizabeth Kostova Intriguing. Compelling. Intricate. All three words describe The Historian. Elizabeth Kostova has created a fascinating blend of fact and fantasy, weaving the (true) historical roots of the living, breathing Vlad Dracula and the mythical persistent existence … Continue reading

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from Madeleine

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle ~

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from Ernest

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know” ~ Ernest Hemingway ~

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from Joseph

“My task…is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see. That–and no more–and it is everything.” ~ Joseph Conrad ~

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from Rainer

“This before all: ask yourself in the quietest hour of your night: must I write? Dig down into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be in the affirmative, if you may meet this solemn question with a … Continue reading

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from Flannery

“The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.” Flannery O’Connor

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