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Judging Favorably

Today, I learned about the Judaic concept of “dan l’kaf zichud,” or, about the obligation to judge others favorably.

In a nutshell, it is about giving someone the benefit of the doubt, not assuming a value judgment immediately about anything and everything. 237 more words

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Cupertino Poet Laureate - 2018-2019

It’s official! I’ve been named the 2018-2019 Poet Laureate for the City of Cupertino! I’m excited and honored to serve in this position for the next two years, and I look forward to the opportunities this will bring to meet community members and explore the power of poetry together. 12 more words

The Writing Life

Aging Famously

I have great news!

Emmett’s grand-niece, Elizabeth Meade Howard, has published a book!

Elizabeth is the granddaughter of Katie Wilson Meade. I’ve ordered mine from Amazon, and I cannot wait to read it! 16 more words


The Book I Never Meant To Write

It’s funny how writing works. You never know where a story will lead or when a tiny brain tickle will begin to pulse. After writing five books about Jennie Connors and the folks at Riverview Manor, I felt the need to try something different. 445 more words

Women And Writing

The Junker

Sometimes this damn book reminds me of a guy I knew from my high school days back in Mississippi.

Public transportation back then was laughable, unreliable, and/or nonexistent. 582 more words

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How to Begin the Writing Process in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Consume coffee.
Or any caffeinated beverage of your choice. (Alcohol, optional.)

Step 2: Procrastinate for as long as needed.
This step is crucial, so don’t skip it (ha, of course you won’t). 426 more words


"...to accept the things I cannot change..."

Two weeks ago, the realization that it was time to accept things I cannot change arrived at the door, around 11:15, courtesy of our mail carrier Jesse, of the United States Postal Service. 808 more words