Holy Places: Assisi

Of all of the places I traveled during a three year expanse living in Italy, Assisi stands out as one of the most holy.  I expected to feel this way about Rome and I did up to a point, but tourism, vendors and the overall commercialization of Vatican City left me feeling a bit deflated, which is notContinue reading “Holy Places: Assisi”

The Pick-Up Line

By Eileen Slovak Word Count:  895 Sprinting through the neighborhood, Caryn completed her daily four-miles in record time before sending a quick text to her sister, Kim:  Will B ready 2-power shop in 15.        Back in her apartment, she showered coffee in hand, then, dressed hastily as her cell phone chirped signaling Kim wasContinue reading “The Pick-Up Line”

“Why does everything have to end, darling?”

Why indeed? I’ll explain.  A major discovery recently occurred in my writing life and it may help you.  Here goes. What some call writers block, I refer to as the psychological barriers or roadblocks we build in our own minds, seemingly insurmountable at times.  What do you do when you meet a roadblock?   Let’sContinue reading ““Why does everything have to end, darling?””

Does your story have a pulse?

So, last year, I’m sitting in a room at a writer’s conference, listening to a panel of editors and agents talk about what they don’t want to see in a story.  Finally, some brave writer in the audience asked: “Well, what do you want?” This seemed to stump the group, but then there was someContinue reading “Does your story have a pulse?”

Cavewoman with a Spear

If early woman had picked up a spear, where would the women’s movement be today?  Cave woman’s main objectives were berry picking, keeping a nice cave and raising offspring while cave man ran around with his pals, spear in hand chasing mammoth and other beasts. When cave man returned from the hunt, he surely threwContinue reading “Cavewoman with a Spear”

Leisure or Labor?

My first Saturday off in a months, I was looking forward to some R&R or L&L, leisure and laziness, with sleeping in being the first order of business.  Here’s how it went: Woke to son’s smiling face, announcing, “Good morning!  It’s 7 am.” Checked e-mail and twitter Sent a few messages while drinking coffee andContinue reading “Leisure or Labor?”

“Ready, Set, Get Going…

…because, I know you can run faster than that.” Don’t you just love internal dialog?  It’s so nurturing. So I’m back at it, running again after a long break which always feels like starting over, so if you have just begun a resolution routine, I’m right there with you.  I take these long breaks fromContinue reading ““Ready, Set, Get Going…”

Resolvedly Unresolved

Take 0,1,2,3 rearrange = 2013 Ah, a crisp, unwrinkled New Year…so what’s the plan?  All over the globe people are pledging their resolutions for 2013, well, not me.  It’s not that I don’t have anything to fix, it’s just that I cannot see the point in making a bunch of empty promises to myself andContinue reading “Resolvedly Unresolved”

Humankind

  “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”  -Carl Gustav Jung Swiss psychiatrist, Psychologist and Founder of the Analytic Psychology, 1875–1961) Everything is fine, until it isn’t.  It’s a simple notion.  If only we could foresee disaster looming on the horizon, we would use all of ourContinue reading “Humankind”

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