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Writers Who Never Knew

Emma Lazarus’s poem, The New Colossus, written in 1883 to raise money for the building of the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, died when she was 38 of Hodgkins Lymphoma, never knowing her beautiful words would be immortalized on Liberty’s base. … Continue reading

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Writing Is An Art

I’ve often compared writing to having a child you cherish and protect, the way a bear defends her cub. An art, according to Webster, is a skill doing a specified thing, improved through practice. It’s personal, no matter the packaging, … Continue reading

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The Writing Life

Writing keeps me afloat. Writing keeps me sane. Writing keeps me warm on a cold day. What does that mean exactly? It gives me hope. I’ve written all my life. When my mother locked me in my room in the … Continue reading

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A Writer Brought Back To Life

Pete Hamill is someone I’ve revered forever as a journalist, New York historian, novelist and screenwriter, concerned about him since he’s been silent for much too long. Knowing he’s the last of his breed, Jack Newfield (1938-2004), Norman Mailer (1923-2007), … Continue reading

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The Rich Are Different

When F. Scott Fitzgerald said…the rich are different from you and me, he wasn’t kidding, seeming to occupy a different planet than the rest of us. Who are the rest of us? We the people who live nicely though modestly, … Continue reading

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Favorite Quotes

Quotes are meant to inspire, encourage and make us smile. Whenever one winks, I jot it down. Writing: You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. F. Scott Fitzgerald Tell the … Continue reading

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Things People Say

I’m a huge lover of quotes, always tickled to repeat them like a passionate parrot. And it’s not just the famous who coin them. I hear locals repeat pithy phrases all the time. Take Frank, my super, whenever I say, … Continue reading

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You Can Never Read Too Much

I had a person, who shall remain nameless, tell me I read too much. “You’re wasting your freak’in life at that library of yours, you even pay for?  I’ll never wrap my brain around that.” Is that because you don’t … Continue reading

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Susannah’s Fall, Winter Reading List 2016-2017

 I’m here surrounded by books I’ve taken from the library, like a wild party when no one goes home. Stacks of them by my bed, in the living room, near the front door.  Biographies, essays, memoirs and even the occasional … Continue reading

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Books On The Table

Been reading a lot lately never happy unless I have 5 or 6 in the on-deck circle. God bless the library with its endless supply of tomes not yet read.  1) How Do Be A Movie Star…Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood … Continue reading

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