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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Thirty-Year Plan

Thirty-year plan: Take a large, blank sheet of paper and pin it to the wall. On the top write this quote from Tennyson: ”How dull it is to pause/to make an end/to rust unburnished, not to shine in use.” Now make a grid by drawing five liens down the paper and six lines across for thirty squares. Then write down all the things you want to do if you had the time and promise “Never to become dull, always to shine from use.”

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.