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Seeing Through New Eyes

I've had a friend from Nashville visiting since last Wednesday. She's never been to Oregon before, so I've been showing her around.  We drove to the beach for the day, wandered around the Alphabet and the Pearl districts, drove up the Gorge, and visited a variety of my favorite places to eat.  She met my […]

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What Would You Write About?

Yesterday, while procrastinating before getting to work making sure I stay informed on what's going on in the world, I ran across the story of a woman who recently died.  Earlier this spring, she started getting odd pains in her legs, and on April 15th of this year she was diagnosed with cancer and told […]

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Losing My Mojo, or, A Ray of Light

There was an article in the Sunday Oregonian yesterday about all the crises we face in the world–the oil spill, war, the economy–and how they are getting people down. No, duh. Usually I am immune to the tyranny of news stories.  Aware, but immune. Lately, though, I've let it all get me down.  Yesterday, as […]

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What If…?

What if…every time you did something you didn't want to do, you put the energy you'd usually use complaining about it into getting it done faster? What if…every time you were at work you acted grateful for the paycheck instead of whining about what a crappy job you have? What if…every time  you failed you […]

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The Party’s Over

The last few weeks, I've been running a feature called Festive Fridays on, well, Fridays. But, I have to say, the party has been a bit of a dud.  Or at least it seems so to me.  The posts don't get any comments and I'm certainly not receiving breathless emails urging me to keep them […]

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When I Am Writing…

"When I am writing my problems become invisible and I am the person I always was.  All is well.  I am as I should be."   Roger Ebert I copied this quote from a profile of Roger Ebert that appears in Esquire. Nearly four years ago, Ebert had most of his lower jaw removed due to […]

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Ah, But Here’s the Rub

A couple months ago I wrote a post titled Write Three Pages a Day and You’ll Be Happy. This command, and the post I wrote about it, are all true.  I believe this statement with all my heart, because I believe that as writers, we must write regularly to be happy. However…. Upon rare occasion, […]

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