FLASH FICTION FROM WRITER DEBBI VOISEY

Fellow writer and long-time friend, Debbi Voisey, is making a name for herself in the vibrant area of flash and short fiction. Her work is on-line with Litro Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, and Storgy, among others. She was included in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology for 2015, as well as the National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology 2016 … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JANUARY

Minneapolis-born Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), writer, editor, and teacher of writing, was part of the Greenwich Village of John Reed, Louise Bryant, and Eugene O’Neill. She published many articles and short stories, but is perhaps best known for her book If You Want to Write, a Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, from which these quotes … Continue reading

BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR DECEMBER

This month’s inspirational writer’s quote comes from American writer, teacher, and literary critic, William Zinsser (1922-2015). Zinsser’s 18 published books include his highly recommended classic guide to writing non-fiction, On Writing Well, from which these quotes are taken. “Writing is an intimate transaction between two people, conducted on paper, and it will go well to the … Continue reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross’ Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1936 has been called “a masterpiece of eloquence.” There are some obvious religious overtones and what might these days be called gender bias, neither of which I endorse, but it’s still worth reading. Here it is in its entirety for 2017: “Timeout of mind at this turn of … Continue reading

POEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

In remembrance of the countless sacrifices made in defense of democracy and freedom, which are being challenged all around the world, here is a poem by a British poet that gets to the heart of the matter. Though recorded in one of my journals, I neglected to note the author’s name. THE RETURN His land … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR NOVEMBER

This month’s writer’s quote comes from horror writer Stephen King, who needs no introduction. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but must finish in the reader’s.” “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, … Continue reading

ON DYLAN THOMAS’ BIRTHDAY

In honor of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ birth in Swansea, Wales, October 27, 1914, I’m posting here a winsome anecdote I read many years ago in a Welsh guidebook. I regret that I no longer have the name of that book. If the story is apocryphal, I apologize. It does read like Thomas’ … Continue reading

HENRY BESTON’S THE OUTERMOST HOUSE

Continuing with my research for a WIP, I’ve just finished Henry Beston’s The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod.  Henry Beston Sheahan (1888-1968) was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts. Author, English teacher and war correspondent, he is best known for his Cape Cod memoir. Affected by his World War … Continue reading

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