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From #OutingTheMermaid... As the protagonist tries to figure out what it means to be a woman: "In their movie-going, she could see that he was riveted by Monroe, charmed by Hepburn. Lee didn’t want to be a charming Audrey; she wanted to be a riveting Marilyn, to be certain that she had everything he could possibly want." Yes, that's dumb. But the character is young and has a long way to go to get out of a cultural blind spot. Outing the Mermaid is available from your favorite bookseller and here: https://tinyurl.com/y9p9xa64 #merWOMENrock

From #OutingTheMermaid, a recurring nightmare about failing to save "the prince," as the Little Mermaid did. "She was in dark water, unable to breathe and all around her there were drowning men, spiraling downward, their arms and legs moving with loose, hideous grace. She struggled to reach the surface, to find air to breathe as the men circled all around her, moving inexorably down, pressed by the weight of the water. Their eyes bored into her, demanding to know why she was not lifting them with her, up to the light and the air they needed to live." Ask for Outing the Mermaid at your local bookseller or here: https://tinyurl.com/y9p9xa64 #MerWOMENrock

According To Harvard Psychologists: Parents Who Raise "Good" Kids Do These 5 Things


Times have changed greatly and with new times come new habits, sets of behavior and attitudes that seem very different from the ones we were used to when we were kids. Today’s generations are all

#OutingTheMermaid #NoMoreSilence #MerWOMENrock When Daniel Quinn had written several books about the sorry state of the world, he was asked what the solution was. His answer was, The Continuum Concept (http://www.continuum-concept.org/). It tells us a better world begins with changes in parenting, from Day One. This study in this link looks at parenting as the years go on. It's a fine and hopeful dream to imagine vast numbers of humans who have been so well brought along in the world that they sow compassion and peace wherever they are. Unfortunately, there will always be people who have not been raised so wisely and they will go on causing havoc. I thought a lot about this in writing about "Joe Montagna," a character who was raised in anger and stress and went on to wreak havoc on his world. And writing about "Tobias," who was growing up loved, and honored for his goodness. If you've read Outing the Mermaid, I'd love to know your thoughts on this foundational concern. And if you haven't read it, ask your bookseller to get you a copy or click here: https://tinyurl.com/y9p9xa64 Then let's talk.

Here's to every fellow editor who, like me, has been astonished/appalled by a manuscript. My fave here is "Push author off cliff."

You Aren't Lazy — You're Just Terrified: On Paralysis And Perfectionism


Expecting perfection only leaves you with two options: do everything right on the very first try, or don’t even bother. Which is actually only one option, since 9 times out of 10, human beings don't do things right on the first try.

I've written a full book of poems and several chapbooks, and a novel. Also a lot of OpEds, radio commentaries, profiles, speeches, and articles. Now there's a memoir that's The Next Big Project. Givenmy place in actuarial data charts, this could be the LAST Big Project. And I'm dragging my feet. Because it has to be perfect if it's my final letter to the world. Doesn't it?

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