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August 20, 2021

“36 Rules for Writers” by Umberto Eco

36 Rules for Writers 1. Avoid alliterations, even if they’re manna for morons. 2. Don’t contribute to the killing of the subjunctive mode, I suggest that the writer use it when necessary. 3. Avoid clichés:… Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

“20 Rules for Writers” by Stephen King

20 Rules for Writers 1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all… Continue Reading

April 15, 2021

“Pale Blue Dot” by Carl Sagan

Pale Blue Dot Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out… Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

“Dog” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Dog The dog trots freely in the streetand sees realityand the things he seesare bigger than himselfand the things he seesare his realityDrunks in doorwaysMoons on treesThe dog trots freely thru the streetand the things… Continue Reading

June 5, 2020

24 Thoughts on Life from Werner Herzog

Modern audiences might know him best for his guest shot in the Disney Plus Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian, but decades before that the notorious Werner Herzog was building a substantial body of film… Continue Reading

May 14, 2020

10 Principles to Live Your Life Like Mr. Rogers

In his new book, Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever, Gavin Edwards uncovers the real story behind the gentle everyman, Fred Rogers. Most interesting to me was a list that… Continue Reading

May 1, 2020

“Meditation 17” a film by Robert Bingaman

No Man is an Island No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea,… Continue Reading

January 3, 2020

33 New Year’s Resolutions by Woody Guthrie

American folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote a list of 33 New Year’s Resolutions on January 1st, 1943, to usher in the year. Amidst his doodles are a number of pearls of wisdom. 1. Work more… Continue Reading

November 28, 2019

“Five Contemplations” by Thích Nhất Hanh

Five Contemplations Here are Five Contemplations that Buddhist master Thích Nhất Hanh suggests be spoken before a meal. The practice, outlined in his book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, is a means to transform our… Continue Reading

October 4, 2019

What Orwell feared versus what Huxley feared

Neil Postman writes: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to… Continue Reading

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