Monday, October 19, 2015

There’s a Word for That


“I collect comments about writing the way other people curate home exhibits of cat figurines or have closets full of black chunky-soled shoes. When I find one of these bits from fellow sufferers I think: Thank you! It’s not just me! Friends, do you see what excellent company I keep?”

—Rachel Toor, writer, “Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Writers,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2, 2015

Editorial Comment: Have you seen my hairball collection?

PeezPix by Ted Pease

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“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard

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