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Perfect Words

February 19, 2021

This morning I wrote in my journal, as I do most mornings.   This habit is what remains of something I started 25 years ago called Morning Pages, a practice invented by Julia Cameron, author of The Artists Way to help revive your creative self.   As she describes it, Morning Pages are three pages of stream of consciousness writing, putting down whatever comes to mind without concern for grammar, form or content.   As you might imagine, it is a practice that leads you down some passages you didn’t know existed.  It also teaches you to write without interference from your Inner Critic, that nasty fellow prides himself on telling you that your writing sucks.  These days I’m down to two pages most days, and sometimes I run out of patience with the process and stop after one.  The philosophy gets pretty heavy in my pages some days, as it did today.   I was writing about the beauty in the world on one hand and the pain and ugliness on the other.   I wrote I don’t know how to ______  the good and the bad in order to believe, as I prefer to, that the world is basically good.   The blank was the space for a Perfect Word, one that danced tantalizingly on the tip of my tongue but refused to make an appearance. (more…)

Friday Favorites 4/29/2011

April 29, 2011

bittersweet

I’ve been thinking about a post on favorite words for several weeks now, so I mentioned the idea to my wife over dinner at Macaroni Grill on Monday.  She gave me that look and asked, You have favorite words?  That look is her this-must-be-for-a-post look … since I’ve been blogging regularly, she’s inclined to think any slightly off-kilter observation is post fodder.   Of course, she’s right.  You can’t post every day and stay on-kilter.   I found an interesting website, My Favorite Word, and its What’s Going On Here page starts with the words, Everyone has a favorite word.  What’s yours?  Hallelujah!  See, Dear?  I’m not alone. (more…)