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Virginia Woolf; A Room of One’s Own


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Best Wishes for a Brave New Year

  Happy New Year, dear readers, and apologies for disappearing from the blogosphere for the past six weeks. Sincere thanks to those of you who expressed concern about my abrupt departure, and for your emails and interest. Fortunately, I've not succumbed to a dire...

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Possessed By Possessions, Or Not?

  What precious possessions would you choose to take with you if you had to flee a house fire? My mother was a child of the 1930's Depression. Later, as an adult, she lost everything in a house fire except the clothes she was wearing at the time. Perhaps not...

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In The Skin Of Others

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'   I thought of Atticus Finch this week when I came upon a friend throwing...

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Foxgloves & The Forensic Edit

  My neighbour's foxgloves are late blooming this Spring. 'I don't think they're going to flower at all,' she told me two weeks ago. She was seriously thinking of pulling them out: I cautioned her to wait. Look at them now; a cascade of bells on long-reaching...

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Are You A Planner Or A Pantser?

How do you write? Are you a planner or pantser? Do you draw up a plan and follow it meticulously? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants, let the words tumble out willy-nilly and then select, order, structure and rewrite? Perhaps you do a little of both? Most writers...

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