Sam in the woods

Respite- It’s bigger than you think.

So my blog’s raison d’etre is to offer “respite to weary souls.”  I claim “it is no small thing.”  Let me offer proof: The things of respite–art, music, theater, writing, all forms of entertainment–remind us of why we do everything else.  Art-the beauty of creation; music-lifting the soul toward heaven, whatever music speaks to you;…

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A Unique Voice

I’m struggling a little with Bend of the River.  I’m afraid in my efforts to make it all things to all people, it’s become muddled and choppy.  I see many re-writes and reconsiderations in my future, but for now I have to re-find my author’s voice. You see, I thought that maybe I should try…

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Love My Allusions!

I love allusions.  They create a strong connection between reader and writer, not to mention reader and reader.  We’ve read the same books! We’ve seen the same movie! We know the same myths and legends!  Allusions are cultural unifiers. Overstating you say?  Look at JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.  How many of us know that McGonagall’s…