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A Letter to my Second Daughter

My dear Coraline Cairn, We're sitting at the kitchen table together. You're eating banana pieces. You pick a chunk up with your long fingers, squish it inside your chubby hand, and raise your fist in the air. I imagine you thinking, "Behold!…
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"Coraline looks like a real name…" -Neil Gaiman

"I hope you'll make mistakes. If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be useful. I once misspelled Caroline, in a letter, transposing the A and the O, and I thought, “Coraline looks…

How To Become A Writer

  HOW TO BECOME A WRITER by Lorrie Moore First, try to be something, anything, else.  A movie star/astronaut.  A movie star missionary.  A movie star/kindergarten teacher.  President of the World.  Fail miserably.  It is best…


 While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt step.
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On Meeting David James Duncan

journal entry:  04.25.06 tyler street coffee house, port townsend, washington 12:15pm i think, perhaps, treating yourself to lunch alone at a neighborhood coffee shop during the rush of midday is something everyone should do at least monthly.…

The Cycle of Abuse

At some point in your life, you have probably seen this circle.  Maybe it was in a different format, in a flier or magazine, or maybe a commercial, but it's probably been flashed in front of your eyes once or twice.  I don't know what your…