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The written word inspires me: books, quotes, plays, poems, billboards and bumper stickers.  Below is a small sampling of things that have sparked my imagination.  This listing is just a sampling, and may change  as I continue to read, learn, and grow as an individual, and as an author.  I hope you find as much pleasure in exploring them as I have.



'Sometimes, the hands of God can be found at the end of our arms." - from PBS - Call the Midwife

"Make them laugh.  Make them cry.  Make them wait." - Charles Dickens

"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's the day to day living that wears you out." - Anton Chekov

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." - Anton Chekov

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." - Mark Twain"

"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." - Mark Twain

"You all laugh because I am different.  I laugh because you are all the same." - Bumper Sticker



The works of Ivan Doig 

The works of Sandra Dallas

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson

The Worst Hard Time - Timothy Egen

The Big Burn - Timothy Egen

Bad Dirt - Annie Proulx

The Shipping News - Annie Proulx

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime - Mark Haddon

The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Bleak House - Charles Dickens

House of Rain - Craig Shields

On the the Nature of Things - Epicurus

The Valley of the Moon - Jack London

Dakota, A Spiritual Geography - Kathleen Norris

The Sound of Paper - Julia Cameron

The Elements of Eloquence - Mark Forsyth

The Etymologicon - Mark Forsyth


Long Day's Journey Into Night - Eugene O'Neil

The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekov



Renascence - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Spoon River Anthology - Edgar Lee Masters

The works of Wendell Berry

The poems of Margaret Atwater


You laugh because I am different. I laugh because you are all the same

(From an animal shelter) Who rescued who?




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