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Archive for June 2017

Invention Week at Chautauqua: What Can It Teach Us About Creativity?

Many of you know I spend my summers at Chautauqua Institution, or what I like to think of as Creativity Central. Chautauqua bills itself this way: “The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a…

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Sunday Inspiration: Making Friends

“One of the wonderful things about spending time with people completely unlike you is you discover how much you have in common. The same fears, the same hopes, the same concerns,” -Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks How many friends do you have from different religions? A recent article in the Huffington Post, informed us that some of…

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1,000+ Blog Posts: What Have I Learned?

Proman (short for project manager husband) informed me last month that I have written more than a thousand blog posts. Really? All this from the same woman who never kept or wanted to keep a journal? The woman who, when recently confronted with earlier scribblings from a spiral notebook, tore them to shreds so nobody…

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Sunday Inspiration: Good Fathers

I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers. — T. D. Jakes I like to think that another name for a good father is “Dad.” There are many men who are fathers but not always dads.…

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Book Trailer and Debut: The Swallow’s Nest

Yesterday The Swallow’s Nest went on sale at last. Hurrah! Today, behold the book trailer. I am absolutely delighted to have the book on shelves now, and I already have twenty reviews at Amazon from readers who read the Advanced Reading copies and got right down to business the moment they could. Thank you early…

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Sunday Inspiration: Losing A Baby

Tears are the silent language of grief.  -Voltaire Last week I spent five wonderful and intense days with my three brainstorming buddies here at Chautauqua, NY. Our sessions were fruitful with ideas — some of them pure gems and others more hair-brained — flying all over the room. In between we ate delicious meals together,…

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The Brainstormers Speak

Some of you know from previous posts that my brainstorming group usually meets here in Western NY for most of a week in June going over our projects for the upcoming year. We aren’t a critique group, but we help each other answer questions about our works-in-progress, sometimes as basic as “Here’s my idea, what…

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Sunday Inspiration: Best Advice

One reason I love this time of year — beginning of summer, beautiful weather, being with family, hanging out at Chautauqua — is because of all the inspiration in the air. What? Yes, I have found that there is enough inspiration in commencement speeches to fill the entire year. I know, many commencement addresses are…

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