Category Archives: Writing

Other voices other brooms

Let me tell you about Ralphie the neighbour boy when I was six and seven and lived on Antrim Road always dressed in women’s clothing. Huge lobster, perhaps the hugest lobster ever, hung over the fireplace mantle in the playroom. Couldn’t tear my eyes offa it. It figured largely most likely to succeed probably. I [...]

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Damn Sure Right

Intention is the core of all conscious life. It is our intentions that create karma, our intentions that help others, our intentions that lead us away from the delusions of individuality toward the immutable verities of enlightened awareness. Conscious intention colors and moves everything. - Hsing Yun From 2002 until her death in the spring [...]

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Write What You Know

“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time,” said the pithy poet Howard Nemerov. Elmore Leonard published “Ten Rules of Writing” a few years ago. The book repackaged Leonard’s 2001 New York Times essay, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points, and Especially Hooptedoodle”. Today, on the Word Count blog, [...]

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Sometimes I need to post links from my browser tabs just to clear the board. Here they are, various trails I’ve wandered down in the past day or two, kicked out of the webulous undergrowth by email, tweet, blogs, or the FB soc-net: Hack the Planet, wait for the announcement that only a small tactical [...]

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Twas me, and you, our thirst, indelicate

A sonnet by Sarah Gilbert and Mara Collins Sarah Gilbert (“mama, military wife, writer, cooker of inconvenient food, photographer of life, finance geek, keeper of chickens, beginning farmer”) posted a poem called oil leak: a sonnet. The final couplet: ‘Twas me, and you, our thirst, indelicate gulping, our leak, our spill, our oil-stained foot. It’s [...]

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Orrefors or Kohler

I’ve been on a binge. I found out that I’m powerless over Facebook and Twitter, easily addicted to Cyber-socializing in general. I know that there are only about eight people who read this blog with any frequency. This is a big improvement over 2001 when I had zero readers and only a vague clue about [...]

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Writing is like riding a bicycle

No matter how long since the last time you did it, you better wear a damn helmet because you’re likely to start out a little wobbly before you crash and smash your skull on the pavement.

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Cathy Erway

Cathy Erway, the author of The Art of Eating In is in Madison this week preparing meals with friends and spreading the word that we can benefit from getting in touch with where our food comes from and how it’s prepared. Cathy’s blog Not Eating Out in New York sports the tag line “Consuming Less, [...]

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