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Deploying the Powers of Quiet

“Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others seem aloof or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full … Continue reading

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For the New Year: Living in Hope

A quote from one of my favorites, Barbara Kingsolver, with thanks to my dear friend JJ for sharing it with me. Source: Animal Dreams Here’s what I’ve decided: the very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. … Continue reading

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A Long Emergency

“I always wake with sentences pouring into my head. So getting to my desk every day feels like a long emergency. It’s a funny thing: people often ask how I discipline myself to write. I can’t begin to understand the … Continue reading

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“You can only read so much”

Wow – lots of new books out by people I love, including Michael Chabon, J.K. Rowling, and Zadie Smith. And, who knew, a new novel from Barbara Kingsolver! Thinking about reviewing this many new titles, fiction editor for the Washington … Continue reading

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That was yesterday for me

“I always seem to harbor a childlike hope through the berry-stained months of June and July that summer will be for keeps. But then a day comes in early fall to remind me why it should end, after all. In … Continue reading

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Summer reading

I used to be the kind of reader who had to finish one book before I could begin the next.  This usually related to fiction, and was obviously before I went to college.  In college, I would still only read … Continue reading

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Eat Local [sic]

I’ve been reading Barbara Kingsolver’s 2007 book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In it, she tells the story of a family trip they took during their year of living (and eating) off the land.  I think in part she includes this story … Continue reading

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