Writer Wednesday – The Dangers of the Echo Chamber and Why Handwriting Is Important

We are surrounded more and more by media - social media, augmented reality games, television commercials at gas stations; the list goes on.  I'm the first to admit that the internet can bring people together - I am, after all, writing this on  blog I started with some friends, all of whom are geographically scattered. But I have noticed the echo chamber can have an unhealthy effect.  Psycho...
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The Writer Zen Garden – Tools From A to Zen: Reflections on the A-Z Challenge

2016-05-09 A-to-Z Reflection [2016]
Wow.  It's hard to believe it's already well into the second week of May already.  It feels like it should still be April.  Or, if I'm being honest, January. Of 2010. But I digress. We all know that time seems to whizz by.  No sooner do we put away the holiday decorations and it's time to take them out again.  So, too, for writing groups.  I've noticed small groups tend to wax and wan...
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End mind, beginner's mind?  We're at the end of our challenge for this month, the April A to Z Blog Challenge.  Six of the WZG crew participated this month, and we've brought you all sorts of content from, well, A to Zen.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. Why Zen?  Why Writer Zen Garden? One of the central ideas of Zen Buddhism is to be in the now.  By being fully in t...
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An Alternative to Xanax

Writing can serve as a path to the self.  In troubled or stressful times, we need this more than anything, but our society's advice is to avoid the problem - take a pill, a powder, and do anything but face it head on.  As news of Prince's death trickles out, and his possible addiction to prescription medication, it's become even more apparent to me that we are a nation addicted to drugs - lega...
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Whoops! R Is For I Gotta wRite Something Quick!

So, I have a cold.  I went hunting around in my archives for a funny picture and came across this gem, snapped by my partner in crime, Rachel Wilder. With friends like these, ... Of course, it captures perfectly how I feel right at this moment, even though it was taken some time ago when I'd just gotten out of bed and was trying to do morning pages.  :) Today is my day to post somethi...
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For the Love of a Library

I didn't like books at first.  I liked it when my dad read to me, but I didn't read myself.  I learned how to read interesting books around age six, graduating from the boring "See Jane Run" types.  My mother had a set from when she was a child that were graded by year, and I read those.  But something was still missing. Then my father took me to the library and showed me how to find good b...
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The F Word

The deuce, you say?
I bet you thought I mean that eff word, eh? Uh-huh.  Busted. F Is For Friendship! I have been blessed by the internet.  No, not because I sent a hundred thousand spams requesting money because I'm a Nigerian prince, or because I offered to provide an enlargement product, and not even to act as a marriage broker for offshore women.  No, I've been blessed by the internet with some of the best f...
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April Is From A – Z – The A-Z Blog Challenge, That Is!

A2Z-BADGE [2016]
Join us, Dear Reader, for a month-long celebration of letters - literally! It's the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April, 2016! The writers of the Writer Zen Garden have collaborated to bring you posts about everything from Alphabet to Zen.  Check back every day but Sunday as we explore the challenge and get some writing done.  Click the picture, above, to be taken to the main Blogging From A...
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