Should this life sometimes deceive you…

Late April shower ended the winter for good and though the flowers have fallen by the beat of the rain, everything looks greener. It reminds me that we are about to embark on a path that leads us to a deeper spring and summer is not very far. Not long ago, what Shelley said got…

The Quiet Writing Life

* * * You need to assess the potential of your idea when you start a new business. It can save you from financial ruin by giving you an objective perspective. You must do this before you follow through any business plans, or any careers for that matter because once you are in, you are…

Two Voices

  The Lake Isle Of Innisfree I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes…

Newspaper on the Table

There is a newspaper on the table somebody left behind. I gladly pick it up, holding my tumbler filled with just poured decaf coffee. It’s 7 in the morning already, but the sun still hasn’t come up, and the cafe is dimly lit except the area around the big long table designed for readers. It…

Shamelessly Sensitive

The first thing I do once everyone leaves the house on Sundays is to shut all the blinds and drape the particularly bright window in the dining area. On the dining table is where I will be spending most of the day alone, reading, and writing. When D and I were working the other morning,…

Losing One’s Mind

Can one give too much of oneself into a work to the extent of losing one’s mind and become mad? If so, Montaigne seems to think it a waste, to destroy oneself in such a way. Torquato Tasso, the Italian poet, who produced “Gerusalemme liberata(The Liberation of Jerusalem)”, had lost his mind and was confined…

Lonely Little Duck

Not long ago, I was sitting at the big table alone in a cafe one early Saturday morning. I always go for the biggest table if I could because I like to spread out my computer, books, notebooks, newspapers, or whatever I have brought with me all over the table. On this day, I sat…

In Defense of Writing

Philip Roth publicly announced that Nemesis will be his last book and that he will no longer write more novels. On his computer is a post-it note that says “The struggle with writing is over.” He said he decided that he will publish no more works back in 2010 but kept it inside to make sure…

The Allure of Solitude

  I love Mr. Kats’s photography as much as his writings directly coming from his farm lifestyle. I love his photos because of its real-life feel. It’s not touched up professionally so much, manipulated, or setup. It’s all real. It comes from his own life, and for every photo, he has a real life story…

Act of Valor

Brief chilly walk alone in the late afternoon sunlight. Picking up the DVD sleeve fallen on the ground. Trying to decode the message contained in the sign I just picked up. Standing on top of the low hill over the small pond. Watching the geese swimming about the little pond, then watching them all walk…