Our winner last week was the “seeing her for the first time” video. What about this week? […]
Each week I get no less than three manuscripts in my email inbox. They are mostly sent by friends or people I’ve met at various speaking engagements. I confess I feel the weight of them, knowing when somebody sends me a book they’re sending me a piece of their heart. They’re sending me a thousand hours of dreaming and tinkering and probably no shortage of fidgeting and pacing and even crying head down on their desk.
And yet it’s simply impossible to read them anymore.
Even though people really do want […]
I grew up on the water, spending all my summers on a tiny lakeshore town in Michigan. From morning till night, we ran the beaches, soaked up the sun, picked blueberries till our fingers were stained. We shucked ears of sweet corn on the porch before dinner and caught crayfish with bubblegum and safety pins and string, and sold them for ten cents each to the bait shop.
This is what we did on regular days. But if there was wind, we sailed. We dropped everything, changed our plans. The corn could wait, dinner could wait. My mom would pack up a huge canvas tote with drinks and snacks and sweatshirts and towels, and we’d race down the marina—wind! There’s wind!
Both my grandfathers had sailboats in that little […]