matters to me

Annette Rochelle Aben

I accept myself

For who I am where I am

Is perfect for me

And what I have learned right here

Perfection is a mind game

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

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Happiness is a warm pun

bluebird of bitterness

A musician on a cruise ship had trouble keeping time with the rest of the orchestra. Finally the conductor said, “Look, either you learn to keep time or I’m going to throw you overboard. It’s up to you. Sync or swim.”

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A single mother with three small children had to juggle several part-time jobs while attending college to get her degree. She managed to survive it all with the help of an espresso machine given to her by a sympathetic friend. After four years of heroic effort, she graduated, summa cum latte.

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A teddy bear was working on a construction site. He took a lunch break, and when he returned, he found that his pick had been stolen. The bear was upset and reported the theft to the foreman, who said, “Oh, I forgot to tell you — today’s the day the teddy…

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“…you can almost always make something better by making it shorter…” Keith Gessen QUOTES FOR WRITERS


I once heard George Saunders tell a story about being edited at the New Yorker, where his editor kept asking him to cut a highly precise number of lines—18 lines, 25 lines. And George would go do it each time thinking that the editor had a very specific vision for his story. But then he realized the editor just wanted it to be shorter. And the advice here was: There’s almost no piece of writing that can’t be improved by removing 18, then 25, then 21 lines; i.e. you can almost always make something better by making it shorter.
Keith Gessen

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The idea is to grab what you are currently reading and copy a couple of sentences chosen at random. Be sure to include the title and author of the “read.” No spoilers, please.  Come on, friends, let’s have a little participation here! Leave a comment saying you are posting it on your blog at… or if you don’t have a blog type the teaser, title and author in the comments box.

Today’s Tuesday Teaser from Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart:

“Maggie” (the twelve year old protagonist whose father is a bookbinder and collector, who was addressed the night before by the name, Silverthroat, by a mysterious man, who pounded on their door at midnight in the pouring rain and warned her father of danger to them both)  “woke up because it was so quiet. The regular sound of the [van’s] engine that had lulled her to sleep had stopped. The driver’s seat…

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I cannot believe that I have not done a Sunday (Evening) Post since August 4th.  I decided to do one on August 20th, but instead reviewed Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth that evening instead. I could never remember the names of all the books I’ve read since then, so I will make a stab at listing some of the books read and started reading since the 20th here.

What I finished: Before We Were Yours/The Little Paris Bookstore/Carry Me Like Water/The End of Your Life Book Club/The Fifth Season/Charlotte’s Web/The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe/Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus/Jane Austin for Dummies/Jacqueline Bouvier.  Many of these books I have reviewed on this blog, PWR. A few I posted in Blogging 807 ( If you are interested in looking into reading any of them, type the title into the search box and allow the “machine” to bring up…

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