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Wounds from the Game

During the 1988 Jamboree encampment of 32,000 Boy Scouts, one troop (38 Scouts) led the entire Jamboree in cuts treated at the medical tent. The huge number of nicks from busy knives sounded negative until someone toured the camp and … Continue reading

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Friday Follow-Up

Wednesday’s blog entitled “Unhappiness: A Positive Sign” sparked more private email than usual! Glad it got you to thinking about this. The tension you feel at the beginning of a project–that itch to “go for it!”–seems like a positive sign … Continue reading

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Unhappiness: a Positive Sign

Have you ever considered the fact that unhappiness is the first step along the writer’s path? “Toddlers are bursting with the anxiety and helplessness of having feelings that they can’t get anybody around them to understand. They don’t even have … Continue reading

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Writing Under the Influence

Back in high school, I watched people try to be more social and outgoing instead of shy wallflowers by drinking. They got talkative, and yes, they certainly tried things they would never have done sober. They looked and sounded silly–or worse–to me. Being … Continue reading

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The Fear of Browsing

I have a confession to make. Being a children’s writer has taken away much of the joy in browsing the children’s sections of book stores. Oh, I love book stores themselves–the brick ‘n’ mortar kind, plus anything online. But if … Continue reading

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