Day 9: Don’t Play Musical Chairs


“Dating for me in my twenties was like this musical-chairs thing. Everybody was running around and having fun. Then I hit thirty and it was like the music stopped and everybody started sitting down. I didn’t want to be the only one without a chair. Sometimes I think I married my husband just because he was the closest chair to me at thirty. Sometimes I think I should have waited for someone who might be a better partner, and maybe I should have, but that seemed risky. What I really wish I’d done is thought more about marriage sooner. Like when I was in my twenties.” – Alex, Meg Jay’s patient as discussed in The Defining Decade

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On July 20th, A Mammoth And Delicious Essay Fiesta

Come and listen to G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive), “‘an International Award Winning Author from Chicago’s South Side and has penned seven books, contributed to various anthologies, and in 2015, he written his first novel, The Warmest Winter(A James Gordon Mystery). G.P.A. can be seen on episodes of Sirens, Chicago Fire and PD, Empire, and Shameless, as well as the critically acclaimed film “Animals”.'”

This is to support great tutoring and mentorship programming at 826Chicago.

Essay Fiesta

Jefferson CheeseOn July 20, 1801, a community of devout Baptists in Connecticut combined their powers to create a 1,235-pound wheel of cheese, which they sent down the eastern shore via sailboat and sleigh to Washington D.C., where President Thomas Jefferson awaited the gift. According to newspaper accounts, Jefferson “stood in the White House doorway, arms outstretched, eagerly awaiting the cheese’s arrival.” (Yes, this is a true story.)

We’ll be peddling a mammoth amount of essay cheese, the most delicious of all cheeses, on July 20, 2015,at 7pm. Come on down to The Book Cellar and take a bite out of this sharp, nutty wedge of writers and performers:

As always, we’ll be accepting donations…

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Recovery from Spay

The stitches will come off Bella in 10-12 days after Surgery. In the meantime, I have to make sure she doesn’t bother them,  jump on the couch, etc.  I have put a blanket and towel on the ground with various toys and bone as distraction.

Bella with bone

Bella with bone


Madeline L’Engle’s advice for writers

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I would give the same advice to writers of any age – and that’s keep an honest, unpublishable journal that you don’t show to anyone. You dump things into it – it’s your private garbage can. Also, you have to read to be a writer. You have to write every day – not necessarily in your journal. But you have to do it every day. It’s like practicing a musical instrument – you have to practice and stick with it. I love every bit of it. I love getting the ideas, and I live with the ideas for a long time before I write them – I may write two or three other books while thinking about an idea. And I love sitting down to work at the computer and just starting.

From Interview with Madeline L’Engle