When I was a teenager, I couldn’t see myself past the age of 30. In my diary, I routinely recorded that I would win my first Oscar by 23 years old, be married by 27 (either to Ben Affleck or David Duchovny) and push out my first baby by 29. Beyond that was just darkness; a horribly scary void that meant the end of supple skin, a high metabolism and acceptable irresponsibility masked as “just bein’ young, son.”
Well, I’m 31 now (actually, I’m writing this to you on my… Continue
Added by Brianne Hogan on July 7, 2014 at 7:08am —
I've posted a video of a poetic meditation, written and read by John Siddique, that honors the memory of two girls who were raped and hanged in India.
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My interview with poet Patty Paine concludes today at TweetSpeak Poetry. Here is Part 2, "Poetry Can Save You":
You'll find Part 1, "Write Fearlessly", here:…
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on May 9, 2014 at 6:47am —
I visited the islands of Honduras as often as possible while I lived in Comayagua. I got SCUBA certified in Utila and advanced certified in Roatan. I established my life as a diver on the islands. I feel in love underwater.
My trips to Roatan were lackadaisical and carefree. I loved island life. I loved diving. I made elaborate plans in my head how I could… Continue
Added by Kari Redmond on April 22, 2014 at 7:55am —
Recently one of the book reviews I wrote All The Birds, Singing resulted in a comment asking to hear more of my own story.
So over the last two days I share a short story, which is true, called Daphne's Dilemma.
It happened when I was 11 or 12 year's old, a child confronting life, birth and death. I would love you to read it and let me know what you… Continue
Added by Claire McAlpine on April 18, 2014 at 2:10am —
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 8:28 am
A Matter of Life or Death: A Writer’s Tip by Dr. Maxine Thompson
In my personal life, I have dealt with life or death matters many times, sometimes even unbeknownst to me, starting in childbirth four times, later, losing both parents over a 10 year span, (which is a life milestone in itself), caregiving for my husband when he…
Added by Dr. Maxine Thompson on April 8, 2014 at 4:11pm —
If you’re a writer and a parent (I am) you probably schedule or once scheduled many playdates for your children. But when was the last time you booked one for yourself?
I’m not talking about hanging out with your friends, (although you could include them in this adventure) I’m talking about… Continue
Added by Sophfronia Scott on April 6, 2014 at 6:00pm —
Posted Thought for the Day, a quote by Paul Elie, American writer and editor:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 6, 2014 at 6:19am —
I've had an unintended writing hiatus since summer of 2012 when I became deeply involved in care-giving a former brother-in-law with dementia. The good news is that I have reshaped my time to allow myself writing mind-space each morning, and a two mile walk each afternoon. And in an effort to get the words flowing again, I am mid way through personal essay workshop with my favorite mentor, Victoria Zackheim, through UCLA Extension Writer's Program. It feels good to be back at… Continue
Added by Jennifer Pierce on February 17, 2014 at 9:30am —
Dear Montclair New Jersey, Continue
Whatever you are doing with our tax dollars please review your long term plan.
Montclair is a choice that some are young enough not to make while others, unfortunately, are too old to change. Word is getting around that our little oasis is no longer what it was.
I went to a local car wash. Pictures of Joe DiMaggio lined the wall, famous people and not so famous portraits dating back several decades. The car wash has been owned and…
Added by Virgilia Campos on February 13, 2014 at 10:12am —
The beginning of your future is in your hands. You have to start now. It is time to set goals and work toward achieving them. Just step forward and see what the world embraces for you. When you find it, just keep that in your mind. Continue
To get where you want to go, you need an "education". This is a gift you need when you are out there in the real world. The information will help you in many ways. You can get a job with a higher paying salary. "How much you apply…
Added by LaResa Brunson on February 11, 2014 at 6:47am —
I recently read a blog post by Amy Lynn Andrews entitled, "Do I Have Blogging Balance?" Intrigued by the title (and feeling that I already knew my answer to that question) I read the post. Amy created a list of 20 questions to ask yourself in determining… Continue
Added by Bonnie Frank on February 6, 2014 at 8:28am —
A few weeks ago, my mom and I were guests at a spa resort at in the Arizona desert called Miraval, known for its focus on mindful living. My mom had been a few times before, so experiencing this place she loves with her for the first time was long-awaited—not to mention, everything I expected and more. The food, the… Continue
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When I was five years old, I appeared on TV to seal my fate and (perhaps preemptively) answer the question of what I was going to do with my life. I was part of an arts and writing program that my kindergarten teacher was piloting, and this made news. When the TV reporter asked me if I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, I screwed my face and corrected her. “I am a writer,” I said. Oh, to have the deluded self-confidence of my five-year-old self. An MFA, one book, and many published… Continue
Added by Jill Di Donato on December 23, 2013 at 9:00am —
Posted Monday Muse, a review of North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti's poetry collection 'Concertina':
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Posted Monday Muse, a look at Glynn Young's new nonfiction title, "Poetry At Work" (T.S. Poetry Press, 2013):
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