So Many Partings The How and the Why of Writing It

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  History and Mystery… I was divorced when I was 23 and my children were babies , one  12 months old  and her sister 12 days old.  (They’re nearly 2 and 3 in the photo above!)  I was trained only as a portrait painter, had no alimony or child support to see me through, and

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Posted on February 15th 2018 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

How and Why of Bless the Child

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  Researching BLESS THE CHILD was a wild ride – it entailed far more than I’d bargained for.   I’d like to tell you about it!     How Bless the Child Got Written Who knows where stories come from? Bits and pieces of information lodge in a writer’s brain and sometimes they coalesce into

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Posted on January 31st 2018 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

Protecting Our Humanity in an A.I. World?

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  Now that A.I. seems to be taking over our world, and the electronic gadgetry we carry in our pockets is an essential fact of life, I keep wondering what we can do to preserve the best of the old, as we’re propelled at warp speed, into the new. I have a feeling – somewhere

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Posted on December 28th 2017 in Technology, The Philosopher’s Teacup

The Shame Revolution

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The Shame Revolution Writers (and everybody else) needs to know about this!. I recently was blown away by the work of two people both, oddly enough, named Brown. Bryan Brown wrote Soul Without Shame and Brené Brown wrote I Thought It was Only Meboth remarkably eloquent treatises on how an Inner Judge,

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Posted on November 21st 2017 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

How to Get a Story Out of Your Head and Onto the Page

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I know from your letters to me that many of you, in your heart of hearts, fantasize about writing a novel. So, I’d like to use my own wacky path to authordom, to inspire you to write that novel or to pursue whatever other passionate dream you’ve got.  I know for a fact that it’s

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Posted on November 13th 2017 in Novels, The Philosopher’s Teacup

The 4th of July Meets Memorial Day

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I intended to write this for Memorial Day but got sidetracked by the hoopla around the joy of Dakota’s graduation, so I’m offering it instead as a tribute on the 4th of July. In these politically troubled times, it’s easy enough to forget that we can hate the carnage and waste of war, but still

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Posted on June 29th 2012 in Poetry, Politics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

What if We’re the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…

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In my lifetime, Women refused to keep their place, Blacks refused to ride in the back of the bus, Men refused to be drafted into an unjust war.  Gays refused to be kept in the closet.  A Black man became President of the United States.  So I know we have it in us to change

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Posted on April 19th 2012 in Politics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Equal Rights… Did You Think We Had them?

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“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution   That’s it.  That’s all of it.  24 words.  It says nothing about having to endure dual-sex toilets or the draft.  It pretty

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Posted on March 29th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

A Free School Based on Talent and Heart

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“The Heart of the Matter is Free Education.”                                                 Caroline Simonelli, Fashion Designer   How many people do you know who delight in the idea of working or vacationing in Beirut? My

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Posted on March 23rd 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

May the Road Rise with You

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Go n-éirí an bother leat. May the road rise with you.   I couldn’t be more Irish if I tried… Irish on both sides of my family tree, back to the dawn of time… so Irish, in fact, that we even have a family Banshee.  So how could I not take this lovely St. Patrick’s

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Posted on March 17th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

The Haunting of the Heart

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The talk of possibilities for  Paint the Wind to become a movie or miniseries has caused me to be reminded very hauntingly of my mother. I should tell you, I think, that although my mother’s name was Kate, the family called her Manu, because it meant Giver of the Law in Hindi – she was

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Posted on March 9th 2012 in Paint the Wind, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Dr. John Upledger…Cranio Sacral Therapy

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For me, Dr. John Upledger was the answer to prayer.  Literally. My 13 year old Cee Cee was in a coma, close to dying, from an apparently undiagnosable malady no one could figure out or fix. I’d listened for days, as doctors tried to sound as if they knew what to do, knowing in my

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The Moving Finger Writes…

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My childhood was spent in a haze of books and familial propriety.  The small-town-America life, where children safely walked alone to school and dawdled their way home, lulled into daydreams by the sweetness of the neighbors’ gardens, is probably gone now, but the visuals are clear to me still.  A wall of rambling roses at

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Posted on February 24th 2012 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Virtual Casting Call, so far…

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Dear Readers, here’s the list of casting suggestions submitted so far. It’s amazing how many people suggested the same names…and equally amazing that many people offered the same names, but for differing roles?  Thanks for all your terrific inspirations … I can only hope Hollywood will be this creative.  It’s  such fun to dream, isn’t

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Posted on February 24th 2012 in Paint the Wind, The Philosopher’s Teacup

For Health & Happiness…Thoughts for Your Shopping List

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I’m  delighted that  response to my Bathing blog has been so enthusiastic, so I thought it might be helpful to have some crib notes about the aromatherapeutic  properties of many of the Essential Oils you’ll be exploring. But first, a word of caution: these oils are powerful…only a few drops can cause a dramatic response for both body and

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Posted on February 17th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup
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