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FINN DIGS...SPRING OFFICIALLY ARRIVES

Early this week I took Finn out to our little garden. It's got straw from the winter that will break up the hard clay NE Ohio soil. Finn loves everything outside, and loves working in the garden. He grabbed his little shovel... or as he calls it, "my tiny shovel," and began digging. And digging. And digging.

"Get Daddy shovel and you dig too Daddy!" he said. So I took the larger shovel and made a few dents in the soil, but mostly wanted to watch him. Here his face shows his late grandmother's determination and concentration. He looks like my mom sometimes. She loved gardening too, as does Lydia, as I do.

I'm so grateful to see the world through his eyes. The wonder of digging in the dirt. The joy at seeing birds -- jumping up and down singing out, "Fly, birdies, fly!" I catch glimpses of nature the way it really is, unfettered by adult experience, fully adored by a two-year-old little boy.  Read More 

FIELDS OF GOLD

photo by Lydia
We walked in fields of gold.
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BELIEVING IN YOUR STORY MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN BELIEVING IN YOURSELF

Finn, deeply thinking, which all aspiring writers do... .
For the past eleven years, as a speaker and a teacher, I've emphasized one thing again and again: that to be a good writer, you don't necessarily have to believe in yourself. You only have to believe in your story. If you keep believing in that story -- be it fiction or nonfiction or a poem, a play or a screenplay -- you'll get your story out there. The power of story is often stronger than we feel at any given time.

Your fortunes may rise and fall; your confidence may come and go but your story may still be told; perhaps must be told. Don't give up.  Read More