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Today’s Advice

I was browsing through some books from my shelves, trying to decide which ones to keep and which ones to donate, when I came across this bit of advice: If you are planning to write fiction, do not sit around … Continue reading

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Day 213: Memory

Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going. Tennessee Williams

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Day 183: You Have to Ask Yourself, What Would Aliens Do?

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, on the debate over mask-wearing in this country: Imagine you were an alien who landed on planet Earth, and you saw that our planet was afflicted by an infectious-disease and that … Continue reading

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Norse Stuff

We should all be more like the dwarves in Rick Riordan’s fictional worlds. Dwarves are craftsmen . . . . We’re serious about the things we make. You humans–you make a thousand crappy chairs that all look alike and all … Continue reading

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Why People Put Up With So Much Garbage

. . . So it’s not that people simply become accustomed to a new situation. Instead, they actually change their thinking. It is as though they can’t bear to continue feeling angry, so they subconsciously look for ways to convince … Continue reading

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Musical Thinking

It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music Ursula K. Le Guin

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Do It Flamboyantly

To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. William James This quote came from one of my quote books. I had flagged the quote with a sticky note, then left the book on my desk as a … Continue reading

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Cleaning My Desk

I sometimes tape interesting quotes onto surfaces in my workspace, but eventually they start to yellow and need to be taken down. Today I am removing three. I would like to remember them, though, so here they are. People want … Continue reading

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No One to Blame but Themselves

Favorite quote from The Fireman by Joe Hill The sound of an English accent distracted her and lifted her spirits. She associated English accents with singing teapots, schools for witchcraft, and the science of deduction. This wasn’t, she knew, terribly … Continue reading

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You Should Be Writing!

David Sedaris, on writing: I had to have a root canal recently. And it took place over three continents. I was on a plane going from one continent to another, going from Australia to Japan and then going to the … Continue reading

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