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Dehabit your life, by Beth Mende Conny

De-habit your life

We are all pilots — autopilots. We fly, as we live, according to our habits. Some habits are good. They are the shorthand of our everyday lives. Without them, we would waste lots of time and would most certainly get to work late. Can you imagine if you woke up and first had to figure out what to do and how to do it? Take shaving, for example. Unless you are a novice, you do […]

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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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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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