Archive for May, 2013

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”

–Steven Wright

“I want to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.”

“I have this book in my head, but I just can’t seem to get it down on paper.”

“I wish I could write a book, but I simply don’t have the time.”

How many times have you heard someone say this or some variation?

How many times have YOU said it?

What if C.S. Lewis had said, “Oh, I  can’t write this morning. I have to sleep in. It’s Saturday.”

What if Jane Austen had said, “Sorry! Simply can’t write this morning! I really must go get my nails done.”

What if Tolstoy had made excuses as to why he couldn’t write that day? Or any day?

What if Tolkien had?

Or Catton?

Or Abbey?

Or any of your favorite writers? 


It take commitment.

It takes time.

It take passion.

It takes persistence.

Sometimes it takes blood,


                      AND tears!

So if you really want to write a book, or poem, or essay, or short story, or screenplay, or

do just about ANYTHING…

Quit talking about it!

Quit making excuses!


And make a difference.

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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass,
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

―Vivian Greene


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Aspen Stand (Photo by M.L. Rowland)

Aspen Stand
(Photo by M.L. Rowland)

According to Update Forestry of Michigan State University:

“A tree is worth $193,250.

According to Professor T.M.Das of the University of Calcutta, a tree living for 50 years will generate $31,250 worth of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, control soil erosion and increase soil fertility to the tune of $31,250, recycle $37,500 worth of water and provide a home for animals worth $31,250.

This figure does not include the value of fruits, lumber or beauty derived from trees.

Just another sensible reason to take care of our forests.”

In my estimation, the beauty of a tree? Priceless.

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“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.”

– John Muir.

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