“I keep wishing, reflexively, for a glimpse of the future, so I’ll know what to do. But I don’t kid myself. I have to feel my way forward blindly. I try not to be afraid. Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.”
― from How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie…
Barbara Thorson is having a really rough time in middle school and at home. She isn’t into the same things as others her age and feels smarter than her classmates. No one really “gets” her and her sister sort of fails at “big sistering.”
She’s angry at the world, full of hilariously sarcastic…
Ghostgirl by Tanya Hurley has many musical references scattered throughout the text. Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life” is particularly apt for this work. The song reflects Charlotte’s struggles and Amy Lee’s fabulous goth girl style would make her a style inspiration to Scarlet.
Not every fairy tale really ends with “And they lived happily ever after.” Especially a fairytale that includes Hansel & Gretel losing their heads at the hands of their axe wielding father within the first 27 pages. I urge all of you adult and sophisticated young adults who are reading this,…
…We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. It is impossible even to begin the act of loving one’s enemies without the prior acceptance of the necessity, over and over again, of forgiving those who inflict evil and injury upon us. It is also necessary to realize that the forgiving act must always be initiated by the person who has been wronged, the victim of some great hurt, the recipient of some tortuous injustice, the absorber of some terrible act of oppression. The wrongdoer may request forgiveness. He may come to himself, and, like the prodigal son, move up some dusty road, his heart palpitating with the desire for forgiveness. But only the injured neighbor, the loving father back home, can really pour out the warm waters of forgiveness.
Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning. It is the lifting of a burden or the canceling of a debt. The words “I will forgive you, but I’ll never forget what you’ve done” never explain the real nature of forgiveness. Certainly one can never forget, if that means erasing it totally from his mind. But when we forgive, we forget in the sense that the evil deed is no longer a mental block impeding a new relationship. Likewise, we can never say, “I will forgive you, but I won’t have anything further to do with you.” Forgiveness means reconciliation, a coming together again."
Martin Luther King Jr.
I just love this and need to hear it. Such a wise man. (You can read the rest of the sermon from which that quote comes here, if you feel so inclined.)
We have many exciting authors coming to the third annual Authors Unlimited! The countdown is on until the grand event - only a few short months away - on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 9:30am-4pm at St Joseph’s College in Patchogue.
Why should you go? Well, first of all it’s free and free things…
Nobody gets to be you, except you. Nobody has your point of view, except you. Nobody gets to bring to the worlds the things that you get to bring to the world – uniquely get to bring to the world – except you.
So saying there are enough writers out there, enough directors out there, enough people with a point of view – well, yeah, there are – but none of them are you, none of this them is going to make the art that you’re going to make, none of them will change people and change the world in the way that you could change it.
So if you believe somebody who says, ‘No, no, we’ve got enough of those,’ then all it means is you’re giving up your chance to change the world the way only you can change it."