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Artist Waylaid: Michelangelo’s stint as a defense engineer

Artists, writers, creatives, take heart; even Michelangelo was waylaid from his vocation as a sculptor when practical demands required that he direct his efforts elsewhere for a time. The master of Renaissance art was obliged to set aside his excellent … Continue reading

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Remembering Mrs. Timmer, lessons learned at Blythe Park School, and going indie

Mrs. Timmer, who taught fourth grade at Blythe Park Elementary School in Riverside back in the seventies, had a way of speaking to nine and ten year-olds in a way that was never condescending, unlike some teachers, whose names will … Continue reading

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Goodbye house next door, hello new novel

The walls of my Wrigleyville office are shaking because the building next door is being torn down.  Another vintage home giving way to the bulldozer and making way for a new, luxury, single-family home. Before it was bought by a … Continue reading

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Starting Off the Grid

I begin as all authors begin—off the-grid.  It is where writers go when they write.  They take their laptops and sequester themselves in home offices, cafés and cottages, turn off the phones, forget facebook and twitter.  While most authors aspire … Continue reading

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