Gratitude and Happiness

Gratitude and Happiness

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust A few weeks ago, I flew to see my closest friend in Boston. We had lived four years together in Prague; she with four young sons, the...
Friends Keep Our Lights Going

Friends Keep Our Lights Going

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer   When I arrived at Purdue University to begin my undergraduate degree in engineering, the Dean called a meeting in one of the...
Thanksgiving and Friendship

Thanksgiving and Friendship

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” -Ralph...
Great New Books online book club

Great New Books online book club

Along with 5 other writer friends, I’ve started Great New Books, an online book club. Join us to discover and discuss one Great New Book per month. A casual and fun way to connect through books. Everyone is welcome! This month, August 2012, we’re reading...
The Necessity of Friends

The Necessity of Friends

Hi All! This week, I was invited to write a piece for a novelist friend, Hallie Sawyer’s, blog. She is also working on a first novel, and is a super-busy mom of three active kids in the United States. Because of Hallie, I can say this: friends in the writing...