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Red Plaid Thermos

A red plaid thermos has been an icon of my writing life most of the years I have been serious about writing. I’m not sure when or where I first acquired it, but it has been a signal to myself … Continue reading

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Indiana Autumn

In Indiana, autumn is short, and sweeter because of its brevity. Already by mid-October, the days are dramatically shortened, and dusk creeps in by seven. It is close to that time now, and the sky is an even gray, mottled … Continue reading

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Firelight

I love firelight, everything about it. Right now, as I write, soft, flickering orange bathes my page. Shadows play across the hue, the shape of my hand moving, the sharper outline of my pen, touching the page. From my right … Continue reading

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Five Yellow Legal Pads

In my office, I have several artifacts that testify to my dissertation, the mammoth 640 page manuscript that changed my title, my career, my location. I am now over twenty years out from that culminating work, yet  I cannot make … Continue reading

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A Leather Satchel

For many years I have wanted a leather satchel. It seemed a marker of my permanent career as a scholar, an everyday, useful item which would transport what I do and who I am. A long line of canvas backpacks, … Continue reading

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How to Be an Explorer of the World

In trying to immerse myself in creativity in the new year, I found this list, posted from http://www.brainpickings.org , that has a lot of interesting points that I can apply to writing and to art. Later this week, I’ll post one … Continue reading

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Writing and Creativity

In the new year, I want to practice creativity more intentionally. As Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” As the quote suggests, creativity is strengthened by use, just as our … Continue reading

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