Last week I blogged about writing during the pandemic, citing my own experiences and those I’ve gathered from other conversations. I ended that blog by asking if the pandemic will show up in fiction and how. Of course, none of us can predict the future, but I asked three writer friends for their thoughts. Judith…

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Music for me is not only inspirational but healing, especially in times of turmoil and pain. That’s why last Sunday I shared with you Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir singing “Sing Gently.” Today I want to share another inspiring piece of music from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, You’ll Never Walk Alone. This virtual choir…

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Somewhere on this planet sits a writer oblivious to everything around her. This oblivious writer is totally focused on her book or story, eating whatever she can find in the pantry and drinking coffee by the gallon. She’s on a roll, so immersed in her story that she hasn’t seen a newspaper or turned on…

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I hope this video and beautiful song, Sing Gently, inspires you as it has inspired me. Not to be discouraged by the pandemic, Eric Whitacre managed to gather together 17,572 from 129 countries on line to sing this gorgeous song. What an excellent example of creativity, persistence and courage.  

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  Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year. Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again, to start over, to take a new grip on life. — Wilfred Peterson  Happy Birthday to Me! Yes, today is my birthday–and actually Proman created this post…

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I’ve noticed an upswing in nightmares since I began to shelter in place in March when the pandemic became a fact of life. Have you? These days waking hours at our house are fairly ordinary, because let’s face it, novelists don’t get out much anyway. We work at home, and in my case, Proman does…

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“When I asked people who had survived tragedy how we can cultivate and show more compassion for people who are suffering, the answer was always the same: Don’t shrink away from the joy of your child because I’ve lost mine. Don’t take what you have for granted—celebrate it. Don’t apologize for what you have. Be…

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  This is my song O God of all the nations A song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; But other hearts in other lands are beating With hopes and dreams as true and high…

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