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Writing Advice

I recently saw something on Facebook that, as a writer, intrigued me. It was a statement that read: “Write drunk, edit sober.”

Basically, it means write with wild abandon but edit with surgical precision. It made me wonder what other

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One Sentence, One Song

It’s a scientific fact that time accelerates as people age. And over the past fifteen months, my life sped by so fast that two of the pleasures I enjoy most – thoughtful writing and heartfelt piano playing — literally fell

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Word of the Year

In November, Dictionary.com announced that its word of the year was ‘complicit.’ Other words in the running included ‘intersex,’ ‘horologist,’ and ‘totality.’ And, of course, there was ‘fake news.’

These words aren’t part of my everyday world, but there are

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The Age of Hyperbole

You’ve GOT to read this! Watch this to the end and you’ll cry! The best invention EVER!

These are teasers that have come across my radar lately. They’re everywhere.

The BEST improvement in history! Redbox on crack! (I didn’t

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Executive Decision

I’m the executive in this headline, and I’m making a decision..

I’ve blogged on and off – but mostly on – since 2004. Back then, my goal was to write every day as a way of keeping my skills

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The NYT

Several weeks ago I received an offer I couldn’t resist. It was to have the Sunday New York Times delivered to my door for twenty percent less than it costs me to purchase at a newsstand. When the per

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Spelling 101

So . . . what do the words ‘rapporteur,’ ‘vicissitude,’ and ‘tantamount’ have in common?

Nothing really, except they have all been the Word of the Day in the past week.  It’s something I subscribe to online to enrich my

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Richard Russo

The Olympic Games are over. One recent political cartoon expressed my sentiments about that: It said, “For two weeks we saw the best of the best. For the next two months we have the worst of the worst.” And this

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Last Stop on Market Street

Tonight my book club meets to discuss Last Stop on Market Street. It sounds as if it’s a murder mystery or possibly a case of amnesia. Maybe it’s about time travel or a farmer’s market.

But I’m hosting the discussion,

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Launched!

So . . . if you’re not on the Spectacled Bear mailing list or my own Anne Brandt mailing list, you wouldn’t know that we launched the publishing company site forty-eight hours ago. After months of preparation, we are ready

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