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Archive for August 2017

Aspiring Authors Wanted

Chautauqua Institution, where I spend my summers, is famous for porches nestled together, usually just feet from the road. For the most part it’s also a pedestrian community, so put all that together and you have. . . A distinct lack of privacy. It’s not unusual for me to run for the phone in my…

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Sunday Inspiration: Vote With Your Fork

Eat food Not too much Mostly plants — Michael Pollan The theme of last week — the last of the  Chautauqua season — was one of my favorite subjects: food. “At the Table: Our Changing Relationship With Food” had fascinating lectures, a food festival every day, and inspiring revelations about how to eat better. Here…

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Fake News? How Do We Decide?

As some of you may remember, I decided to participate in the Better World Books Reading Challenge this year. I’m happy to say I’ve made significant progress and only have a handful of categories to complete. So far my two most difficult reads have been Life by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, my book…

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Sunday Inspiration: In Memory

In memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Charlottesville and Barcelona:  “The world is equally balanced between good and evil, and your next act will tip the scale.” -Maimonides

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Lily Dale: Mediums and Messages at Spiritualism’s Center

Readers who want to be writers sometimes tell me that they’re at a disadvantage because they’ve never lived anywhere interesting enough to set a book. Where Can I Set My Novel? Aren’t we glad Agatha Christie, who set all her Miss Marple books in St. Mary Mead, a provincial village in England, never thought that…

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Sunday Inspiration: Conquering Fear

“I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he would conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela It’s been a scary week, not only in our world but here at Chautauqua Institution where The Nature of Fear has been the…

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23 and Me: Classifying Fictional Characters

While I’m taking time off this summer, I’m also working on my next novel for Mira Books. You might not know I’m working if you watch me. Days pass without my opening my computer. But inside my head, I’m slowly working through what I know and don’t know about the four major characters who will…

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Sunday Inspiration: The Joy of Laughter

“A life full of laughter is a life well spent.” -Sophie Scott When we celebrated my husband’s Big Birthday last weekend, the moments I enjoyed most were hearing the laugher of our four children and four grandchildren as everyone shared stories on our porch. The joy of laughter is one of the greatest of blessings…

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When Bloggers Nap

After a busy weekend hosting all my children, spouses and grandchildren, I need to nap more than I need to blog. You’ve all been there, right? So I’ll be back next week. In the meantime. . . ZZZZZZ. . . .

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