but you don’t know what

“I want to write something but I don’t know what.” I was browsing Joanna Penn’s How to Write a Novel and found that line in a list of “common reasons writers quit.” I know that feeling. Very often it’s when I sit down to compose something for this web log. I made this commitment toContinue reading “but you don’t know what”

W.B. stages a book sale

The second edition of Echoes of Freedom Past, my book about reclaiming our liberty after the assaults of the last few years, goes live Tuesday, and to mark the occasion I’m having a little sale on my “trilogy” of books about the subject. Echoes is a collection drawn from this blog on the subject ofContinue reading “W.B. stages a book sale”

As in the instant

Sometimes I eye myself in the mirror and see my father looking back at me. Other times it’s one of my brothers. Silly, of course: It’s really me. But I see the family resemblance. I’m spending quite some time today thinking about the passage of time. Time doesn’t actually pass — it’s always now. WeContinue reading “As in the instant”

Metaphor in a pile of paper

I rotate my head around and up and down and to the left and to the right, grasping for the next topic and the next few words to write. My eyes come to rest on toy animals, books, the ashes of beloved pets, the gentle but firm snowfall outside, and a pile of paper onContinue reading “Metaphor in a pile of paper”

The one thing you need to know

[Back to the archive today, one of my most oft-read pieces, from May 26, 2015. A year later it became one of the “bonus tracks” as I expanded Refuse to be Afraid.] All you need to know is it’s up to you. Whatever “it” is, you can and must take care of it. That realizationContinue reading “The one thing you need to know”

Put down the phone

[First posted Jan. 21, 2013] Here’s advice that’s counterproductive for folks like me, who produce stuff for you to consume online, but it’s essential for you: Spend regular time NOT online. In his book Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money, Rabbi Daniel Lapin talks about the mesmerizing effect of constantly staring at a glowingContinue reading “Put down the phone”

The year the world became better

New Year’s Eve is when the optimists come out to play, with our resolutions and fresh goals and hopes and prayers. Maybe 1941 will be the year when nations stop rattling swords at each other and sue for peace. Maybe 1968 will be the year when people stop thinking skin color determines superiority or inferiority.Continue reading “The year the world became better”

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