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On Oliver Sacks, the inessential, and...

On Oliver Sacks, the inessential, and the essential
I was moved this week, as so many of us were, by Oliver Sacks’ post in The New York Times, Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer. (Read it. It is worth your time.) Says Sacks: I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longe [...]

Do more, be more

Do more, be more
One challenge, for me, in writing blog posts is that it always takes me a while to decide whether I agree with myself. I like to think that’s part of what makes me a (good?) writer: in writing, you have to be able to see things from multiple angles, from the perspective of multiple characters. For example: last night I was talking with [...]

The opposite of schadenfreude

The opposite of schadenfreude
I learned a new word the other day—a word I’ve needed but didn’t know! Mudita! Have you heard of mudita before? From Wikipedia: “Mudita is a pure joy unadulterated by self interest, the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being. When we can be happy of the joys other beings feel, it is called mud [...]

Review: The Universes Inside the Ligh...

Review: The Universes Inside the Lighthouse
The other day I received one of my favorite reviews ever, and I just have to share! Jenny of Books, Babies, and Bows reviewed The Universes Inside the Lighthouse for me, at my request. The review she gave was not just a good review (as in a 5* review, which it was), but also a thorough, thoughtful, beautifully done review. She even pulled som [...]

Mini-review: Leaving Time by Jodi Pic...

Mini-review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Writing reviews isn’t my strong point (almost as bad as writing blurbs for the back of the book!), but I thought I’d give it a go here for my fellow readers! I recently raced through Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. It was definitely a book I stayed up late reading! Picoult’s storytelling skills were masterful here, weaving tal [...]

How smart is “intelligent life&...

How smart is “intelligent life”?
I’m working on my next book now, second in the Balky Point Adventure series, after The Universes Inside the Lighthouse. It’s sci-fi, which means I get to invent whole new worlds for my characters to visit. Creating worlds brings up some fascinating questions, which I love. One of the thoughts I’m pondering today is: How inte [...]

The Camaraderie of 12s

The Camaraderie of 12s
(PRNewsFoto/Space Needle) I’ll admit something here: I don’t actually care about (or for) football. Professional sports bother me. Looking at the NFL in just the last week is enough to put a bad taste in anyone’s mouth: First there’s Deflategate, a completely mockery of logic and truth and good sportsmanship. (How is it that atmos [...]

The Your Turn Challenge

The Your Turn Challenge
(This post is Day 7 of 7 in the Your Turn Challenge) I try to avoid too much navel-gazing in my posts, but this is the final day in the Your Turn Challenge—a challenge to post every day for seven days—so I’ll make an exception today. I found out about the challenge near the end of Day 1. Having just a few hours to go in or miss out, I d [...]

Making magic happen

Making magic happen
(This post is Day 6 of 7 in the Your Turn Challenge) Tomorrow closes out the last day of the Your Turn Challenge. I’ll have blogged seven days in a row, which is perhaps seven times more than I’ve blogged in two months over most of the year. Will I continue? I’ll talk about that tomorrow in my wrap-up. But for today, I̵ [...]

What would you do …

What would you do …
(This post is Day 5 of 7 in the Your Turn Challenge) There’s that saying, “What would you attempt if you knew you would not fail?” Good sound bite, but I think that saying misses the point. I’d like to propose a new version: What would you attempt if it didn’t matter whether you failed? What would you attempt if [...]

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