Of Jonathon Franzen, Loneliness, and The Still Point of Attention …

It requires skill to craft tantalizing titles, bylines, etc. that coaxes readers, even those who receive your blogs as I do those written by The Mommy Psychologist
to actually stop what we are doing and take in the blogger’s words.

That what we read leaves us thinking, and pondering the subject of their website and blogs, which for The Mommy Psychologist is the whole gambit of parenting in the 21st century, evidences grasp of an art.

Readers can be grateful when the very topic of a blogger’s discussion plunges

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Of Rooks, Guardians of the Threshold and Boundaries…

The chess piece or character known as The Rook, which is also called The Castle or as I like to say, The Tower can move as many spaces along a row or column on the chessboard.

The Rooks (each player has 2) combined with The Queen, form the major chess pieces. In this way they operate like Guardians of the Threshold preventing the opposing player’s pieces from gaining or capturing a player’s King.

Guardians of the Threshold in a novel hold the boundaries between the protagonist and her or his goal.

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Dear John, A Daughter’s Wish and Moments of Awakening…

My daughter recently stated that she hopes that my husband and I live to a ripe old age and that we die together, much like Noah and Allie in the movie based on The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks. My daughter had just finished reading Spark’s novel, now a movie, Dear John.

That’s the great thing about reading books. They awaken us to parts of ourselves, hopes dreams and wishes, and those held for us by loved ones.

That my daughter, not yet 25, could offer me such a gift I find astounding. Most children, and rightfully so, want their parents alive for as long as possible.

Saying this to my daughter, she responded with, “I can handle my life, take care of myself as long as I know that you and Daddy are together somewhere in the universe, even if I’m not with you.”

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Reading Goals, Anne Perry, and What Sits at the Heart of Every Story…

My reading goals for this year are to read and study as many as possible of the novels in mystery writer, Anne Perry‘s, William Monk series. After reading, “The Face of a Stranger” I have become totally engrossed in not only Monk’s struggle to regain his memory as he works to solve murders that take […]

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The Business of Writing

“It’s way harder to establish a career as a working writer than to get published by a traditional New York publishing house.” –Lisa Unger on the Business of Writing Whether the author achieves publication of their work through traditional means, or chooses to self-publish, she or he must play an active role in the promoting, […]

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A Writer’s Voice

Hearing the words you’ve written and read in your own voice develops voice. It also awakens you, the writer, to your style of putting words together. You hear when your words fall away from that established cadence and rhythm, and when they come together. You come to see the endless possibilities of music your words […]

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The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

Authors, Kathy Briccetti, Jasmine Dawson, and Meilan Carter, discuss their contributions to the anthology, “Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers“. Kathy, Jasmine and Meilan will be reading from their contributions to the anthology at 3pm, Sunday, September 20, 2009, at Diesel Book Story, Oakland, CA. So tune in.

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