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Jorge Luis Borges — The Vale of Soul-Making

Beyond my anxiety, beyond this writing, the universe waits, inexhaustible, inviting.

― Jorge Luis Borges, A Personal Anthology. (Grove Press, January 14, 1994) Originally published 1961. 8 more words


Greatness & mediocrity

“Neglect nothing that will serve to make you great.”- attributed to Stendhal

“Laziness is a sign of mediocrity.”- attributed to Voltaire

note: both quotations are quoted by Julian Barnes in his book, Keeping An Eye Open, Essays on Art.

Quotation Rules: Dialogue

The first article discussed the basics of what quotation marks mean and when to use single versus double marks. The second article explained some special formatting tricks to help you make quotations fit your specific work of writing. 956 more words

Writing Tips

Echoes through time: the bitter joy of responsibility

“Adversity attracts the man of character. He seeks out the bitter joy of responsibility.”

Charles de Gaulle (1890 – 1970)


Monday Reflections: Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland

The merchants that came from all lands, bringing their wares at the bidding of the Queen, found the people eager and willing to buy. […]

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Textiles In Literature


“Look out for the people who look out for you. Loyalty is everything.” — Author unknown

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Osprey on the lookout  — Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2017


By-the-way happiness

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end.

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