The one piece of advice a writer needs —

“It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.” ~ T.S. Eliot
Believe it or not, I’ve never really asked for writing advice. Mostly, I suppose, because it was what I did. Because it is what I do. My passion, is writing. Storytelling, to be exact. When I was in the fourth grade I wrote a book. In high school I challenged the AP boards to let me write an essay about a book of my choosing rather than from the list provided. In college I wrote a flamboyant piece on Maynard Keynes for my economics professor.  He didn’t like it, but I thought it rather imaginative. And in the “real world,” I was constantly writing and rewriting my company’s policies on just about everything (and no, that wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing from 9-5).

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Why everyone should want to be called a failure-at least once in their life.

failure3Failure does not make success sweeter.That’s right—failure does not make success sweeter. Not really. At least not the simple ones like you fell off your bike, but you got back up and eventually learned to ride. Not like you got a C- on your term paper but aced the final so your end of the year grade was an A. And not because it took you exactly seventy three attempts at making hollandaise sauce before you got it right (Then again, have you ever tried to make hollandaise? It isn’t easy so if you’ve succeeded there then I say the world is your oyster!) … moving on … Continue reading

What do hummingbirds and time have in common?

hummingbirdHoly crap! Time, or at least the last six weeks, hasn’t exactly passed by slowly. If anything, the last six weeks have buzzed past me like a hummingbird buzzes around the feeder I have in my backyard —she’s there, I see her, but then as soon as I try to acknowledge her, she flies  away. Gone. Like the last six weeks. Continue reading

What if humans came with taglines?

ImageWhat if humans came with taglines? Sort of like a warning label … or a caveat for “what to expect” …

Mine would be: “Never expose to bright light and never feed after midnight.” No? Right. That one’s already taken by the furry little Mogwai creatures … besides, everyone gets a little wicked when they eat late. OK. Then how about this: Continue reading

Sometimes you need to take a step back —

Image“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever driven through the Pacific Northwest or the Redwoods? Or taken an airplane over the Ozarks, the Cascades, the Appalachian or Blue Ridge Mountains? If so, then undoubtedly you’ve seen some hearty landscape – forest lands as far as your eyes could see; peaks and valleys dotted with “leftover” trees or newly planted saplings. It can be mesmerizing. And, although it’s the same scenery for everyone’s eyes, it can come across entirely different. Continue reading

Best think, if wearing pink (at least in the yoga studio) …

ImageYOU, are in the middle of a downward dog – or any pose/transition that requires you hinge from the hips and bow forward – your eye gaze follows the tips of your fingers, you start to bend and inadvertently land your focus on the lady in front of you – the one wearing the pink leggings. The one you saw on the way into class and secretly admired how gutsy she was for wearing something other than black but also wondered how well those pastel pants would hold up in the hot studio. Surly, they would not only show sweat in all the places you’d prefer not to show sweat, but worse, how could they not be see thru? Continue reading