Family Stories
by Dorianne Laux
I had a boyfriend who told me stories about his family,
how an argument once ended when his father
seized a lit birthday cake in both hands
and hurled it out a second-story window. That,
I thought, was what a normal family was like: anger
sent out across the sill, landing like a gift
to decorate the sidewalk below. In mine
it was fists and direct hits to the solar plexus,
and nobody ever forgave anyone. But I believed
the people in his stories really loved one another,
even when they yelled and shoved their feet
through cabinet doors or held a chair like a bottle
of cheap champagne, christening the wall,
rungs exploding from their holes.
I said it sounded harmless, the pomp and fury
of the passionate. He said it was a curse
being born Italian and Catholic and when he
looked from that window what he saw was the moment
rudely crushed. But all I could see was a gorgeous
three-layer cake gliding like a battered ship
down the sidewalk, the smoking candles broken, sunk
deep in the icing, a few still burning.
“Family Stories” by Dorianne Laux from Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems. © W. W. Norton and company, 2019.


I was always told that I was an artist of many schools, talents and skills, but a master of none.

And that those who can’t do, TEACH.

I discovered that the best way to create is to teach talented people to create. And so evolved a community of artists of all ages who inspire each other! Just like Anne Fadiman, explained below:

It’s the birthday of essayist and journalist Anne Fadiman (books by this author), born in New York City (1953). She’s best known as the author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (1997), which is about the culture clash between a Hmong family, whose daughter has epilepsy, and the American medical establishment. She started the project as an assignment for The New Yorker, but she turned it into a book when the original assignment was killed. The book won a National Book Critics Circle Award. She also wrote a best-selling essay collection, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (1998).
Fadiman says her journalistic tendencies come from her mother, Annalee Jacoby, who was the first female war correspondent in China. Fadiman’s father, Clifton Fadiman, was an essayist, a radio host, and a book lover — her childhood home boasted shelves full of thousands of books — and Fadiman credits him for inspiring Ex Libris.



Definition #29 Create

"You want me to honk now?"

“You want me to honk now?”

giving form to truth:

dropping energy behind



Dara Lurie

Went to a Self-Publishing Workshop last eve at the Germantown Library. Dara Laurie led it with her book: Great Space of Desire (Writing for Personal Evolution). Dara encouraged the 20 writers in attendance to live serendipitously, to create, connect, collect and grow organically. She designs innovative, experiential and transformative writing programs which disclose the true voice of the writer.

Notes I took:
1 Write ’til you have a critical mass.
2 Have an objective editor. To test facts, research.
3 Find a marketing vision
4 Barter, teach, budget
5 Promote
6 Specify what others will love about your book.
Know how your passion serves others.
7 Pinpoint your target market
8 Define your niche.

If you want go to:

Become Your Father


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.”
Pablo Picasso
1 Peter 1:24:
“All our greatness is like a flower that droops and falls; but the Word of the Lord will last forever: Jesus, the Living Christ!”

Look within
Locate your light!
Nurture it!


When you fade
Open the portal
To eternity

Your Father
Soul song!

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