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A friend from the program sent me this meditation tonight. I was telling him how I wished I could move Emmett’s book along, and how sometimes I feel like I have to force myself to write to keep things moving. I thought you’d like to see it, too. The title […]

Delay, Not Defeat

We have a saying in the program: Plan, but don’t plan the outcome. This is a great saying for me. It helps me manage my expectations of life; as in, I cannot control other people, places, and things. I can only control my attitude and how I respond to things. […]

The Old College Try

Classes started yesterday at the University of Maryland, so I spent most of this past weekend tying up a few loose ends here and there, getting ready for the new semester. I look forward to seeing students on campus and in classrooms each Fall. To me, the first day of […]

Process, Naturally

Early this morning, I saw this hanging in the back yard.   Impressive, isn’t it? Beautiful, actually, especially as it catches the sun. There’s symmetry and purpose in this spider’s construction. As I got close to snap the photo, it looked like she was doing a little repair work in […]

Examining Character Flaws

Yesterday, I came across this interesting graphic of character defects, courtesy of The Writer’s Circle: Based on my understanding of the different personalities in Emmett Wilson’s story (and of what I’ve learned about character defects in the AA world), it seems that most of the time, people have combinations of defects. […]

A Type of Portraiture

Last Thursday, as I was driving around in D.C., I was listening to The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU. It was a rebroadcast of an interview she conducted with E.L. Doctorow (one of my favorite writers) who had recently died. The subject was Doctorow’s book, “Homer and Langley.” Doctorow’s book […]

What Brings You to Your Desk?

This was an interesting question posted to the writer John Updike by John Freeman, an interviewer on PBS’s Blank by Blank. This interview with Updike, who found a way to write with four small children running in and out all day long, intrigued me. I, too, have four small children […]

Lushy Lushington

NPR’s Linton Weeks has a great story on lost American slang from the 1800s, something right up my alley as I write Emmett’s story. Weeks cites James Maitland’s 1891 Dictionary of American Slang, which you can download for your very own, here, via Google Books. It is an awesome read […]