Under the snow

“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.”  R.H. Newell Although I have been a member of NaBloPoMo for some time, I don’t think that I have ever successfully posted every day of the month. Since February is a short month and I’m done with school on the 8th… Continue reading Under the snow

Cash for Used Books

Just wondering if anyone has used this service? I put a few books into the search engine and my used books were running $2.75-$4.00. It looks like they pay the postage if you have enough to sell. As soon as this semester is over I think I’ll give it a try and let you know… Continue reading Cash for Used Books

Farewell J.D. Salinger

When the weather’s nice, my parents go out quite frequently and stick a bunch of flowers on old Allie’s grave. I went with them a couple of times, but I cut it out. In the first place, I don’t enjoy seeing him in that crazy cemetery. Surrounded by dead guys and tombstones and all. It… Continue reading Farewell J.D. Salinger

The Quietest Month

“January is the quietest month in the garden.  …  But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.”   Rosalie Muller Wright This morning we have a little snow on the ground which seems normal for January but the last few weeks have been so warm and unseasonable that I was a little surprised… Continue reading The Quietest Month

Softening the impact of language

 “Generally in English multi-syllabic words have a way of softening the impact of language. With multi-syllabic words we can show compassion, tenderness and tranquility. With multi-syllabic words we become more civilized.” Richard Hugo The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing This is one of those books that has been on my reading list… Continue reading Softening the impact of language

Paths are made by walking

“Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.”  Antonio Machado: Selected Poems If I learned one thing in the last month of putting together my poetry collection, it’s this quote. No matter how much creative writing instruction, mentorship, or support you receive, when it comes time to complete your novel, finish your story,… Continue reading Paths are made by walking

Helping the Victims in Haiti

I was just watching the news about the tragic earthquake in Haiti If you are planning on helping victims don’t fall for any scam emails or telephone calls. MSN listed a great resource list if you are in the position to donate money. Legitimate Sites to Help Haitian Victims Hoping and praying that with the outpouring of… Continue reading Helping the Victims in Haiti

How to generate ideas?

But how shall I get ideas? Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind –Act!–Orison Swett Marden I think the most important word in this idea quote is ACT. So many ideas are lost because the writer doesn’t act… Continue reading How to generate ideas?