‘You Do Have a Leash … ‘ Harold Pinter.

  “You do have a leash, finally, as a writer. You’re holding a dog. You let the dog run about. But you finally can pull him back. Finally, I’m in control. But the great excitement is to see what happens if you let the whole thing go. And the dog or the character really runs about, bites everyone in sight, jumps up trees, falls into lakes, gets wet, and you let that happen. That’s the excitement of writing plays–to allow the thing to be free but still hold the final leash.” HAROLD PINTER, The Progressive, Mar. 2001  

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The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey, Henri J.M. Nouwen

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri…

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Prepping for Scotland

Dear Owner of Victorian Mansion, Hello, as it were. Is your establishment the one that makes Downton Abbey look like a cheap doll’s house? I sincerely hope so or one might feel compelled to change plans. Did you catch that? I’m using the pronoun ‘one’ like Queen Elizabeth.  I thought it brilliant and classy of me. Thanks so much for the info on taxis, buses and trains. You are awesome. A quick question. Would it be safe to walk from the Forres bus stop to your address? I’m travelling on a strict budget and, as I’ll be running on weird…

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“Lean In” a Quote from Pema Chödrön

“The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering – yours, mine, and that of all living beings.” Excerpted from “Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears”,…

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An Awesome Writing Quote by Ray Bradbury

This quote took me right out of the pit today. I re-read it and feel my passion for words and writing ignite again. Thank you, Ray Bradbury! “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books…

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