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The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Writing as a way of life

Writing is in my blood. I feel compelled. Samples of first grade printing are held in my school scrapbook. I can still sing the "ABC Song," and, like many moms, taught it to my children. Mrs.I., my first and second grade teacher, had excellent penmanship. She modeled the graphic beauty of a life of letters for me, before anyone showed me the beauty of the meaning of words, as they stood on their own.
At that time the writing had to be right. The assignment had to be correct to get a "1" (A), the grade back then. I felt compelled to get good grades. So excellence became an additional value to me, along with beauty.
The third value entering into the evaluation of my own and others' writing proved to be complexity of thought. Combine this with the simple style and you have got my attention. It is a dynamite combination, and often a mark of my favorite authors.
Using a typewriter like the illustration, my favorite aunt was an author. She wrote several historican novels published by Rand McNally. She was interested in documenting the lives of people she considered to be fascinating characters. One of her most intriguing characters was her father, my paternal grandfather. She worked on his life story off and on for decades, but it was, sadly, never formally published. She could never edit it down enough. She died a week after she finished writing the book at age 90+.
I am no longer required to write professionally, as I am retired. But when I was working as a psychotherapist, writing casenotes - documenting the sessions my clients and I had together - was an important part of my responsibility. A subsequent counselor might need them for a history, my supervisor needed them to give collegial feedback, and they could even be used in a court case when subpoenaed.
So now I write a couple of blogs and happily read what others write. I look forward to both activities every day.

My topical post today at South by Southwest is about the word "Liberal."

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.