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Your Bucket List

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —Mary Oliver This seemed like a good New Year’s prompt: Make a bucket list of things you want to do before you die. When you’re done, go back and rank them in order of importance.

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Holiday Memories

“Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” —Freya Stark Tell us a specific story that reflects the essence of your holiday experience as a child—regardless of your religion or background. Avoid sentimentality or stories that gloss over your real felt experience. Use

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Beautiful Things

“Beautiful things are vanishing each day. There has never been a more crucial time to believe your creativity and your gifts. Trust me when I say that art creates hope, it connects, it heals. So please—write the damn book. Paint the picture. Take the trip. Stay inspired, stay hungry. Put your work into the world,

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A Choice That Changed My Life

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.” –Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister Tell us the story of a time that you changed the course you might have followed because you made a choice, a decision, an act of

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Holding On

“We give thanks for the invention of the handle. Without it there would be many things we couldn’t hold on to. As for the things we can’t hold on to anyway, let us gracefully accept their ungraspable nature and celebrate all things elusive, fleeting, and intangible. They mystify us and make us receptive to truth

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The Gifts I Have to Offer

“Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous —

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Manifesting My Creative Vision

“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.” —Isaac Bashevis Singer Tell me how you get past the disappointment when you don’t yet have the skills to manifest your creative vision. Or a time you gave up because you weren’t good enough to actualize the thing you wanted to

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Letting Go

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the times comes to let it go, to let it go.” —Mary Oliver Tell me about a time this was true in your

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School Bells Are Ringing

I am finally starting to get over my jetlag (which gets harder as I get older) and my post-Covid symptoms are subsiding. I am feeling more grounded and stronger day by day. Less than an hour from now, I will be welcoming new students to my Wednesday morning writing practice class for an orientation. And

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The Way Home

“The way home has always been there. It has stretched out in front of me but I have not had the eyes to see it. The way home is a broad, dusty road. There are curves and overgrown places. Forest pathways and granite cliffs. The way home is always lit—by sunlight, by moon light, by

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Home Sweet Home

I always feel so blessed to come home from a long trip to see my front door, Karyn’s garden, the house clean and welcoming, usually something warm cooked in honor of my homecoming, and all the familiar artwork and cozy places in our house. I feel blessed to have a home and a wonderful spouse

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