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I Have Learned Less About Writing

“I have learned less about writing and received less encouragement from English instructors than I have from reading or listening to a working artist relate how a single creation- poem, play, short story, novel- was brought to life and to … Continue reading

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Silent Screams

“Mom I put the book back in the library. Sorry I couldn’t read past the first few pages. It’s such a bad book.” “You don’t have to apologize,” I said and thought about the book. The book she referred to … Continue reading

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Did You Drink Coffee Today?

I think one of the vices that I have is drinking coffee. I try not to overdo it since I am not allowed to exceed three cups a day (doctor’s orders). According to my cardiologist, espresso and Arabic coffee are … Continue reading

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I Dream Of Moments

Elaine Maxwell wrote: “Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force.” I remember when my kids were younger and I was teaching full time all I dreamed about and wished for … Continue reading

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Wishing You All The Luck In The World

During a conversation on the phone last week somebody told me that my son is lucky and then repeated, “No, no your children are lucky.” I don’t know what upset me more, the way she said it, her tone of … Continue reading

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Five Years In A Room

Have you ever felt stuck? While writing your story or novel, have you ever felt blocked about it so much so that the whole business of creating, crafting and producing works of fiction seems uncertain to you? Years ago, while … Continue reading

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To New Beginnings

Do you have New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? Well, for a change I did. Normally I don’t make any resolutions for New Year simply for the fact that I won’t be able to keep them. I know I … Continue reading

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A Big Thank You

It’s the end of another year, 2013. A tough and painful year for me and my kids, a year in which most of the time I felt, to use Sylvia Plath’s words: “I felt very still and very empty, the … Continue reading

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So What Happened To Us?

The other day I was listening to some music on the radio when I heard a rap by some singer that basically had no lyrics other than the f-word in all its grammatical forms. It’s like that rapper had taken … Continue reading

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I Wanted To Read More About Her

Edgar Allan Poe wrote: “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”  Yesterday morning I was reading an interview with Jodi Picoult. I had never heard of Jodi while living … Continue reading

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