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Silence — A poem in prose

Silence -- A poem in prose

Silence. Or some whisperless part. The place between the ringing in the left ear and the ringing in the right, punctuated by the violent first gust of warm air through the heat ducts, crossed by a barking dog, then left. In silence. Scary. What falls in behind the quiet, lurks, drives us, needs to be examined, yet resists examination. Sit. Let scary silence bring forth that which shrinks so in the light of day. Demons, yet not. Derived from a […]

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Facing Writer’s Block: When the Words Won’t Come

Facing Writer's Block: When the Words Won't Come

Nearly four months have passed since my last blog, an entire season on a platform so exuberantly named, Just Write. This writer’s block silence was born from a cascade of some of the most challenging events in my life. Any one of these, thrown like an icy snowball, would sting, but not knock me back far. Taken together, though, it is as if they merged to form huge, path-clearing snow monster careening downhill. It would seem turbulent times would call […]

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Flying Lessons

Flying Lessons

Something dreadful happened this week. Dreadful-awful. A beautiful, beloved family friend suddenly passed. She was just 22, my son’s best friend. They shared creative, brilliant joy and sadness, and, like all dear friends, the understanding and acceptance that no matter what the world may see, each was imperfect. And that it was all right. And their laughter was a secret handshake that said it’s okay to be impeccably myself with you, and goofy-silly, and even if you piss me off […]

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Business Plan Essentials: How to Write a SWOT Analysis

When crafting business plans, new entrepreneurs are eager to tell the “good news,” but are often reluctant to describe the types of things that could go wrong or undermine the business. A balanced, well-thought out and written SWOT analysis is both a necessary part of the plan itself as well as a great exercise for the owner. Unlike, say, a sales presentation or a job interview where you want to keep the focus on the positive, consideration of both the […]

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