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Life Before Screens

As someone who frequently needs to be torn away from my laptop or iPad at all hours of the day and night, I’ve been thinking back to my “life before screens” childhood, and wondering if kids today are getting enough … Continue reading

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17 Words That Together, Speak Volumes

“Be / As a page that aches for a word / Which speaks on a theme that is timeless…” © 1973 Neil Diamond, Lyrics from the movie soundtrack Jonathan Livingston Seagull.   So often, as writers, we struggle to fill … Continue reading

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Beside my computer, on my desk, sits a small, framed photograph of a child wearing a blue and white seersucker dress with smocked bodice, embroidered pink flowers shirring the fabric bracketed by puffy sleeves. How is it possible that I … Continue reading

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Playing with Words

The late Madeleine L’Engle made the following wry observation with respect to her writing, and I can’t help but agree with her initial premise, though not always the second: “You have to write the book that wants to be written. … Continue reading

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