Remembering War Dead: Best Memorial Poems

While Americans observe Memorial Day today, a holiday commemorating U.S. men and women who died while in military service, I thought I would share eight of my favorite poems on the subject of war and loss. The Links on the poem titles will open a new window with the text of the poem. 8. “Soldier, […]

The Effort to Improve Our Grammar

I have always felt a bit uncomfortable around people who like to point out the mistakes of others, lampooning and harpooning and acting altogether superior. The internet is full of people offering advice, criticism, even ┬áridicule. Here are some of the most useful (or entertaining) sites about English grammar: Here’s a site offering: 10 Reasons […]

Stylist Was Born: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.” “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” “I trust a good deal to common fame, […]

Stylist Was Born: Celestine Sibley

“When I saw him heading for my office, looking a little like a dressed-up poodle dog in his white tie and tails, I knew what he was looking for. And I was dimly conscious of the fact that Johnny had flicked on the light in the little cubicle where, under Paula’s ladylike lash, I’d come […]

Getting Back to Flow

” At forty I’m beginning to learn the mechanism of my own brain– how to get the greatest amount of pleasure and work out of it. The secret is I think always so to contrive that work is pleasant.” Virginia Woolf Developing and maintaining a writing habit is very much like exercise. You think about […]

A Ticket to the Circus

Mailer, Norris C. (2010). A Ticket to the Circus. New York: Random House. ISBN: 978-1-4000-6794-7 I love reading life stories of any kind, especially those by or about writers. So when┬áI heard Norris Church Mailer had written a memoir, I immediately raced out and got, read it, and savored it. Then I mentioned it to […]
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