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Woodstock Lives (Sort Of)

Woodstock Lives (Sort Of)

I’m reminded of the words of Bob Dylan, as much the bard of the Woodstock Generation as anyone, “the times they are a-changin’.“ Or more pointedly, the times, they have a-changed. A lot. As, perhaps, one might expect with the passage of half a century from the original Woodstock festival of August 1969 to now, August 2019. Within minutes of arriving at the Spirit of Woodstock festival, held near Brooksville, Fla., this past weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of…

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July 27, 1969: Memories

July 27, 1969: Memories

Life comes at us in a flow, but we remember it in snippets. What doesn’t wind up on the cutting-room floor of our brain is what remains in memory. July 27, 1969: Fifty years ago today. And I rummage through the snippets of my memory. July 27, 1969, was another brutally hot summer day in Northeastern New Jersey. We had recently gotten air conditioning in our house, which tempered the heat indoors, but it malingered, glaring and humid, just beyond…

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Voyage to the Moon: A Personal Journey

Voyage to the Moon: A Personal Journey

“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” – Words on the plaque left on the moon by the crew of Apollo 11 There have and will be many words written and numerous commemorations broadcast this week to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first time humans set foot on the moon. For that reason, and others of a more personal nature, this will be an…

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Why I Participated In NaNoWriMo

Why I Participated In NaNoWriMo

If you’re like me, you’re asking, WTF is NaNoWriMo? I was seeing this cryptic agglomeration on all sorts of writer-related messages coming to me in October, and finally curiosity got the best of me and I looked it up. NaNoWriMo translates to National Novel Writing Month. Oh. Got it. Pardon my ignorance. Here, you can look it up, too: //nanowrimo.org The idea is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the 30 days of November, from the…

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Writers, Damned Writers, and Statistics: The 2018 AWP Conference by the Numbers

Writers, Damned Writers, and Statistics: The 2018 AWP Conference by the Numbers

The closer you are to something the more you may be inclined to stay away from it. Some relationships are like that, including the relationship writers have with their craft and creativity. That sums up, to a large extent, why I vacillated about attending the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) held last week in Tampa, Fla., which is right here in my neck of the woods. Other writers might understand my reticence to attend,…

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