Melissa I. Hassard (A mother of a rant) At some point in the early mornings, A. usually crawls into my bed in the still-dark-out, wanting to snuggle.  This morning is no exception, and he cuddles up next to me.  We drift for a while like this, on a quiet raft of early morning. I am … Continue reading

Originally posted on the poet's billow:
Fragments for the End of the Year by Jennifer K. Sweeney On average, odd years have been the best for me. I’m at a point where everyone I meet looks like a version of someone I already know. Without fail, fall makes me nostalgic for things I’ve never…

Melissa I. Hassard Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in … Continue reading

Originally posted on Kvenna ráð:
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Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:
I had an email the other day from a writer who wanted to hire me to critique his novel, and said he’d already had it proof-read and copy edited at considerable expense. He wasn’t pleased when I pointed out that his money had probably been wasted. Most professional critiques…

Perhaps love

“Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself” Antoine de Saint-Exupery   “It is only with the heart that one can rightly see; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry A man who took spiritual steps for mankind with his gentle words, pilot-turned-writer Antoine de … Continue reading

Originally posted on Still Crazy After all these Years:
The long way to produce a digital painting aka my way of working (mostly!) You may think that this is a very long way to create an image, and you’d be right. I work this way mostly, though not all the time, for two reasons. Firstly,…

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Dark Charms, Dorianne Laux

Dark Charms Eventually the future shows up everywhere:the burly summers and unslept nightsin deep lines and dark splotches, thinning skin.Here is the corner store grown to a condo,the bike reduced to one spinning wheel,the ghost of a dog that used to be, her trail,no longer trodden, just a dip in the weeds.The clear water we … Continue reading

Originally posted on Cabra College Library Blog:
A vast labyrinth of 250,000 books, entitled aMAZEme, was installed on The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall, London between 31 July – 25 August, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World. Visitors were be able to navigate the maze, which was been constructed from 250,000…