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Storytelling
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Storytelling

I don’t remember the interview, but I do remember an interviewer in which JK Rowling said how it surprised her that not everyone wanted to be a writer. And sure, I understand that we all want to do different things and that is a good thing. We need firefighters and teachers and all those other … Continue reading

Where do characters come from?
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Where do characters come from?

JK Rowling explained how Harry Potter appeared in her mind while she was on a train. Toni Morrison came up with the idea for Beloved after she read a newspaper article about a former slave murdering her child. J.R.R. Apparently, Tolkien imagined a hobbit while he was grading student exams (which gives me hope every … Continue reading

Florida Waters
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Florida Waters

When I was a kid, I would pick a bagful of tangerines off the neighbor’s tangerine tree (I had permission) and sit on the dock to eat the tangerines and watch the sunset. Or just watch the lake. Sometimes I’d take a book with me. I discovered that if I stretched out on the dock … Continue reading

Monday Movie Love
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Monday Movie Love

Recently, my son decided to watch the Harry Potter movies. I’d loved the books, but he was never interested. He preferred Star Wars or things that showed you how to make things. But for no clear reason, he said a few weeks ago, “I might watch a Harry Potter. Maybe.” He watched the first one … Continue reading

Think Outside the Box!
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Think Outside the Box!

I love boxes. Why do people love boxes? Have you seen the Container Store? A temple to the box if there ever was one. When I was in elementary school, my grandmother lived near a strip mall. In the mall was a hardware store, but it wasn’t like the hardware stores of today. It was … Continue reading

All the Dads
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All the Dads

Holidays bring joy and grief. They come with excitement and complaints. It’s in their nature. Either a holidays acknowledges a religious belief or gets in the way of people who don’t give two figs. Holidays bring friends or family together or they create stress over shopping and travel plans. Holidays give us a chance to … Continue reading