"Instructions for life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." --Mary Oliver
Laurie Mikulasek has been a long-time member of Laura's feedback classes and loves the summer retreat at Commonweal. She wrote this in response to the prompt, "How to Be a Writer."
"One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment."
--Hart Crane... [Continue Reading]
"To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make."
--Truman Capote... [Continue Reading]
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tell me about something you do or have done with excellence. Describe it in detail, and with pride.... [Continue Reading]
"A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension." --Oliver Wendell Holmes
Tell me about a time exposure to a new idea changed your life irrevocably.... [Continue Reading]
“When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” --R. Buckminster Fuller
Tell me about a problem you had to solve, one that had an elegant or beautiful solution.... [Continue Reading]
"Writing is the only thing, that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else."
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"Every action taken, from the moment we switch off the alarm clock in the morning to the way we write a line of poetry or design a product, has the potential to change the world, leave it cold with indifference, or perhaps more commonly, nudge it infintesimally in the direction of good and evil." ... [Continue Reading]
Tina Long lives in Santa Barbara. She spends her days walking, reading and (she hopes) becoming a writer. In the picture above she is on the left; Nancy Gertz from Massachusetts is on the right.
How am I going to be able to describe what I’ve experienced at Commonweal Retreat with you? I’m bursting with the desire to share my joy about this life-changing week with others. And yet, how can I? It’s been so special, so intimate. Can what has happened to me here be communicated adequately, without somehow losing something vitally meaningful in translation? Perhaps even spoiling it for me in some unbearable way?