Skeletons, Ghosts, and Shadows

If you wish to be a writer, write.                                        — EpictetusOn Saturday, I went to a workshop on writing children’s picture books. The teacher was Barbara Bottner, truly the rock star diva of pictures and truly a […]

Words to Write By

Writing is related to character. If your values are sound, your writing will be sound. It all begins with intention. Figure out what you want to do and how you want to do it, and work your way with humanity and integrity to the completed article. From On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William […]

I’ve Got My Reasons

. . . in the immortal but out of context words of Talib Kweli.Speaking of intention, what if one’s intention be muddled? One wouldn’t get very far. But even if one does not aspire to go far, one needs to know where one is going (and though it is always lovely to leave space for […]

An Angry Little Toot from a Lone Brave Whistle-Blower

The books I am reading right now are: Love and Will by Rollo May, Aretha Franklin’s autobiography Aretha: From These Roots, and Daniel Goleman’s Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception. And I just finished Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry. There may not, at first glance, appear to be […]