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The Great Unknown

I went for a walk in icy rain this morning and for some reason I thanked God to be having just that experience.  I wasn’t trying to change my attitude or reframe my thoughts, changing “miserable” into “bracing.”  I actually turned back when the rain grew too heavy.  But my vision opened up for a […]

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Cave Painters

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer”–these words by Albert Camus have resonated for me often this winter.  I was on retreat with an interesting group of people in Boston over the weekend.  Sitting and breaking bread and moving around with them in a beautiful, harmonious […]

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Regions of Unlikeness

Last Saturday, a group of us sat around a big wooden table in an art room in the Westchester Community College Center for the Arts,  practicing writing stories of things that touched us or shocked us as fast as we could and all in one long, breathless sentence.  Before we started, we practiced sitting with […]

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A Hero Isn’t Just A Sandwich

I was working on a story yesterday and the going got tough.  It struck me that I reach a point in any project–writing a story, taking a trip, household maintenance, anything really, but let’s keep the focus on writing–when the light of inspiration, interest, and joy goes out and I trudge on in the dark, […]

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Make-believe Animal

“Man is a make-believe animal,” wrote William Hazlitt.  “He is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.” I am looking out at a white world through window framed with the uneven spikes of ice cycles.”What are these daggers I see before me?”   I’m moving from Hazlitt to Macbeth because of the daggers […]