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In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of us … well, some of us became writers. And we pon... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Power of Quotes

In Others’ Words: The Power of Quotes

I have always been a word person. My mother used to say she thought I was born with a dictionary in my hands. (Now that is an odd visual.) And I have always appreciated quotes, savoring the discovery of someone else’s way with words that makes me pause and think or even laugh out loud, thanks to their fresh perspective.  This blog? It was my second attempt at blogging — after my first ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Electricity of Enthusiasm

In Others’ Words: The Electricity of Enthusiasm

I don’t understand the allure of paddling a board out against cold, cold waves and then waiting and watching for just the right wave to (finally) appear so you can ride the wave into shore … so you can repeat the whole process again and again and again.  But the the two surfers I watched from the Manhattan Beach pier a week ago certainly wanted to be in the ocean — did I mention ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Alive

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman, theologian My friend, Lindsay Harrel, shared this quote with me. Now when I say Lindsay is my friend, I must confess we haven’t met. Yet. We’ve connected via the Internet. For all the times ... Read More »