Christina Baldwin Quotes

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Writing bridges the inner and outer worlds and connects the paths of action and reflection.

Story is the mother of us all, for we become who we say we are.

Christina Baldwin (born 1946) is an American writer, teacher, and lecturer.  

Monday Memories: Fulfilling a Writer’s Fate

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Lying awake in bed, feeling ready to write

Morning light feeling much too bright


Searching in my head for ideas to write about

Will today’s words offer and deliver much clout?


Sitting, thinking, and sitting . . . nothing!

Why can’t my mind create something?


Perhaps more coffee will warm up my mind

Hoping that possible ideas may soon be mine


Do all writers usually feel this way?

With little or nothing to really say


Hunger offers quick, necessary break

Nutritious breakfast, now I will make


Finished eating and returning to my writing table

Satisfied appetite doesn’t make me anymore able


Struggling through another writer’s block

Tired eyes continue watching the ticking clock


Wow!  This short poem I now create

Finally, fulfilling my writer’s fate 


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Washington Irving Quotes

I consider a story merely as a frame on which to stretch my materials.

Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant.

Writing ‘the’ Book

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Writing becomes treasured hobby

Writing ‘the’ book, will anyone read?

Writing each hour, quitting day job

Writing chapters with epic speed


Waiting for magic, keyboard sleeps

Waiting for inspiration’s nudge

Waiting for publisher to call

Waiting for something bold, oh fudge!


Overlooking advice from friends

Overlooking cover’s design

Overlooking shrinking cash flow

Overlooking final deadline


Spending phantom cash, much too fast

Spending less and less time writing

Spending more and more time dreaming

Spending months on nothing exciting


Pushing aside all of these thoughts

Focusing on fresh start at hand

Crafting poetry, something new

Writing ‘the’ book, no longer planned


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Tahar Ben Jelloun Quotes

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Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare–and precious as a pearl.

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.

Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan-born novelist and poet.  Living in Paris, his published works are written in French.  His writings have been honored with numerous awards, and he was nominated for a Noble Prize in Literature

Monday’s Memories: Gentle Sounds

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Morning rain has marooned me at home

A brisk walk delayed, but never alone


Drinking coffee, another cup please

Addicted to caffeine with such ease


The early morning darkness

Stands ready in its stillness


The window is cracked open, just a bit

Hearing marvelous sounds, makes a hit


Pausing to listen and begin to write

Sounds of pleasure, being so right


Falling droplets of rain earn a trip down

Splashes on the deck, a relaxing sound


Song birds croon from atop tall trees

Sounding splendid, joyous, and free


Wet roads, close by, signal more

Amplifying car tires, ready to roar


An approaching plane flies overhead

Traveling on to Rickenbacker instead


A pair of geese flies through the sky

Their unique greeting says good-bye


My pen scratches delicately away

Listening to ink-filled words today


Simply enjoying an outlook from outside

Bringing life’s gentle sounds to me inside


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Nothing Pursues Something

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Half-empty coffee cup

Hoping to find something

Peering down, never up

Searching darkened nothing


“Seinfeld” gathers awards

Endless shows with nothing

Jerry’s name on billboards

He’s caught on to something


Writing with empty words

Dreams filling with something

Missing all the keywords

Amounting to nothing


Scanning digital files

Words lost, dreading nothing

Writer facing trials

Mining life for something


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Triggers newfound something

Memories begin search

Looking beyond nothing


Nothing pursues something

Something subdues nothing


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The American sitcom “Seinfeld” entertained viewers for nine years with the creative humor of comedian Jerry Seinfeld.  With a setting in New York City, the cast featured regulars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards.  The success of the show has often been referenced to a “show about nothing.”

Here is a short clip from the show, featuring Jerry Seinfeld with guest star Brad Garrett.  The scene is titled “You barely know your car.”

Matthew Arnold Quotes

For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.