Writing Lessons from the Healing Temple


In 1939, Henry Miller traveled to Greece.  War was threatening, so he didn’t delay.  He describes his sabbatical year in a memoir called “The Colossus of Maroussi”: “I never knew the meaning of peace until I arrived in Epidaurus.” Miller’s description of his visit to the ancient healing site at Epidaurus, infected me like a […]

What Makes a Hero

Dirty Harry

“Like all weak men, he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one’s mind.”   Somerset Maugham made that observation 100 years ago.  Astonishingly, here in the 21st century, the quote still has an ironic ring to it.  Tough guy heroes with iron-clad principles still rule political debates and cheap fiction.  Hard to believe that […]

Blind as a Newborn Hedgehog


I was having coffee with a frustrated writer.  She couldn’t finish anything.  Her characters seemed to have forgotten which of her many manuscripts they belonged in.  My friend had no idea what her stories were about, and consequently she was “wasting a lot of time!” So I laid my thesis on her. Five minutes later […]

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