Yesterday, a friend tweeted this article on The Guardian, "Unthinkable? Bring Back Typewriters." While the author makes some great points about how using a typewriter slows the writer down, thereby making writers more intentional about word choices, and how typewriters remove the distracting allure of the internet, I'd have to say, "hell no!!" I'll keep … Continue reading I’ll Keep my Laptop, Thank You
As they say, anticipation is half the fun. We get to imagine perfect outcomes for any experience we may dream up, but when the job, book, vacation, or even the restaurant I've just tried doesn't live up to my expectations, disappointment ensues. Expectations make me focus on the outcome, not the journey, and I wonder what opportunities I have missed … Continue reading On Expectations
I participated in my final regular season Forensics/Speech and Debate tournament as head coach this weekend, and last night at the awards, each of the coaches shared something they had learned from participating in this thing we call Speech and Debate. One shared that he had learned that the effective use of language to manipulate, … Continue reading Are you a Super Hero?
“You seriously bought a book called Hot Rocks?” my husband asked. “Yep. It looks good too!” Most every published author will tell you that you need to read, and read a lot, in order to write. I have always read a lot, but this past year it seems I’ve been reading lots of what would … Continue reading Reading for Fun
In 2010, I spent the last day, December 31, 2010, journaling and creating a mandala that I posted in my writing area. I've spent this entire year, looking at it everyday. I’d never actually set goals for the year in such a concrete and specific manner, and as I’ve spent time during the last two weeks of … Continue reading Reflections on 2011
I grew up with pine trees outside my bedroom window. For eleven years, I fell asleep listening to the branches and needles swoosh in the breeze coming off the mountains. The wind is an everyday occurrence on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It starts to blow around three in the afternoon and … Continue reading The Smell of Home