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Why you should deviate, from Beth Mende Conny

Why you should deviate

My husband and I are making a cake. Open before us is the bible for lost souls: the Joy of Cooking. Across the countertop are the requisite ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, eggs and salt) and various implements of destruction (measuring cups and spoons). The Joy (ha!) of Cooking makes clear the precise measurements and order of ingredients. It states, “Deviation brings disaster.”

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Sisterly bonds and the mountain miracle

I’ve got two kids, both girls, and they’re nearly eight years apart. Given their age difference, there’s little they have in common, save fighting, which they do often, most especially when our family’s on vacation and they’re forced into each other’s company. Each year, I swear I’ll never go anywhere with them again. But fool that I am, I do it anyway.

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Winston Churchill 1945, from Beth Mende Conny

Beyond writer’s block

The quest for perfection is spelt paralysis. — Winston Churchill When you accept imperfection, you create movement. Your writing moves beyond mere thoughts to actual words on a page. Photo is from the British National Archives.

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Alphabet Tiles, from A Problem Half Solved, from Beth Mende Conny


A problem well stated is a problem half solved. —Charles Kettering A writing block is a problem yet to be put into words. Form the words and you form the solution. Photo by Shardayyy is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Today, Tomorrow, from Beth Mende Conny

Today, tomorrow

Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you can enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow. —James Michener Why put off writing until another day when that day, and all the joy it brings, can just as easily be today. Photo by Dafne Cholet is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Hockey Wisdom, from Beth Mende Conny

Hockey wisdom

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky Don’t let fear of rejection stop you from circulating your work. Sure you may fail — but you might just succeed. So give yourself — and your work — a shot. Photo from Seattle Municipal Archives is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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One Acorn, One Idea, by Beth Mende Conny

One acorn, one idea

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. —Ralph Waldo Emerson In writing, it takes just one idea, one kernel of truth or experience, to create a body of work. Find that one thing, plant and nurture it. Let your forest grow. Photo by Randi Hausken is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

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