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Archive for July 2018

Sunday Inspiration: A Compassionate Heart

Imagine you are walking in the woods and you see a small dog sitting by a tree. As you approach it, it suddenly lunges at you, teeth bared. You are frightened and angry. But then you notice that one of its legs is caught in a trap. Immediately your mood shifts from anger to concern:…

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Novelists and Grandmothers

This is grandparents’ week at our cottage. Instead of writing, blogging and Facebooking, I’m indulging in Super Diaper Baby, Uno, and watching my six year old grandson ride the big yellow bus to Children’s School and then sit quietly at Chautauqua’s historical amphitheater as he takes in ballet and orchestra with a child’s enthusiasm—and longer-than-expected…

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Sunday Inspiration: The Original Program

One thing I love about Chautauqua Institution — where I spend the summer — is that it’s ecumenical and multi-faith, as you tell from the photo above. Though I’m not Catholic, one of my favorite members of the clergy is Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who founded the Homeboys Industry, which gives jobs and…

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What a Difference Titles Make

Yeah, yeah, I hear you. I talk about titles a lot. It’s true. I posted about titles here, and here, and even another one here. That last link goes to a blog entitled Can You Abide Another Post About Titles? Well, can you? Because that’s what the last two weeks have been all about for…

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Sunday Inspiration: “The one thing you have…”

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can”. -Neil Gaiman The theme at Chautauqua Institution this past week was Play. How does taking the time to be…

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Bayou Midnight

I always have fun coming up with an author’s note for each of my books. Today I’ll share my website note for Bayou Midnight, which will be at all the major online bookstores on Sunday. (It’s available for preorder, right now using that link, too.) And yes, there will be a paperback available, too. On…

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Sunday Inspiration: How to comfort people

David Brooks, an author and columnist for the New York Times, gave an excellent lecture here at Chautauqua last week. What I like about Brooks is that he doesn’t just write about politics but about what it means to be human. And one of the biggest challenges of being human is how to adequately help…

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Chautauqua: The Most American Thing in America

According to President Theodore Roosevelt, Chautauqua, where I spend my summers, “is the most American thing in America.” President Roosevelt may well have been speaking about the traveling Chautauquas as well as the “Mother Chautauqua” planted on Lake Chautauqua in Western NY in 1874, after a period of great political crisis as well as religious…

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Sunday Inspiration: John Irving

“It´s natural to want someone you love to do what you want, or what you think would be good for them, but you have to let everything happen to them. You can’t interfere with people you love any more than you’re supposed to interfere with people you don’t even know. And that’s hard, …, because…

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