said Alice Munro. Then she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What a beautiful accomplishment for a woman who described herself this way: “I’m not really an intellectual,” […] “I was an okay housewife but I wasn’t that great.” Be inspired to do two things today: 1) Visit your library and take home a book … More “I think maybe I was successful in doing this because I didn’t have any other talents,”
Michele’s Thought: What stories are unfolding behind all those windows? I want to sit on that hill and write them.
In late June, I took a Friday off from work and drove 90 miles north from Seattle to the Chuckanut Writers Conference, a two-day event led by some of the Pacific Northwest’s most gifted and influential writers. The days were divided into class sessions, with keynote lectures by faculty in the morning, at noon, and … More Notes from Chuckanut: Inspiration and Hard Truths
Today, The Daily Post at Wordpress.com asks: What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post? Photographers, artists, poets: show us GREATNESS. This thing, greatness, is the sum of 1 or 1000 or 10,000 of the tiniest movements. They are the sighs and yells and quips of strangers bound together by wire, cable, … More Greatness: The Smallest of All Things
Wedding Day by Amber Shockley Follow the link above to a poem that makes my list not just because the perspective is intriguing and triggers a half-smile. It has those things that inspire me to write just as well: the rhythm of real life, the jangle of well-placed words, and the subtle cut of truth. Thanks, Amber Shockley and … More “A devil came to me on Saturday…”
While reading my free copy (Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week) of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison, I came across this lovely description: “The sky is oppressive: slate gray and inching eastward. Not a sky for dreamers. A sky for people just trying to get by.” I paused. Reread the lines. Looked up at my own … More A Muse Is a Terrible Thing To Waste–If She Actually Has Something To Share
“What is left out will always show and make the strength of what is left in.” Can you apply this to your relationships, your life, your sense of self? ~photo from my copy of “A Moveable Feast”