The Fine Art of Self-Sabotage

Today’s required reading: Rachelle Gardner’s “7 Bad Habits of Successful Authors.” Excellent stuff throughout, but one that resonates with me is 5: Insecure.From the post:...more

Reason and Chaos

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What's the Point?

I’ve heard a lot of discussion lately about the meaning of life.Why are we here?What’s the purpose of life?What are we here for?Some say there’s no rhyme or reason behind the why. There’s no purpose, no greater plan. It’s just an exercise in futility we must muddle through until we die.Others say the point is to be happy: Find our bliss, pursue our passions, die with a smile on our face.Some seem to think the key is in suffering. We suffer well here on earth, we’ll be rewarded richly in the next life....more

Beautiful Writing

I stayed up until about three in the morning, last night, working on my project for NaNoWriMo. Since I was still nursing a migraine hangover for the majority of the day, I ended up minimizing my time on the computer by doing my writing by hand....more

The Why

I was watching this video today, the Simon Sinek TED talk, Start with why.  I’ve seen it before and I think it’s very powerful. These were some thoughts I wrote down while watching it:Why am I here? What is my why?...more

This is my cat, telling you to vote.

This is my cat, telling you to vote....more
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Hello Kitty & The Penguin

Today, I'm looking at two nearby figures that have been standing guard for a while now atop my computer desk.  It's no secret that I love Hello Kitty and this little figurine was given to me by a shopkeeper a couple of years ago. She was originally on my key chain, but the link broke, so I put her where I could see her every day. I had another Hello Kitty key chain which was an unexpected surprise with an e-bay purchase....more

Blue Roses, Tennessee Williams and Alice Caviness

I was lucky enough to purchase some earrings the other day at the Salvation Army that are signed Alice Caviness. Alice was a costume jewelry designer who rates up there with Else Schiaparelli, Hattie Carnegie, Nettie Rosenstein, et al. These are killer, clip-ons from the 50s. What really kills me about them is that the centerpiece is a porcelain disk with a blue rose decal on it. ...more

How to Stop 'Why'ning

'Why' is a spiky, sharp, penetrating word; a word  that can stop you in your tracks. A question containing 'why' is rarely welcome unless you are a philosopher, (and everyone knows how annoying they are. Socrates was sentenced to death for asking 'why' one time too many). Young children, being natural philosophers, often ask why....more