Thursday, August 23, 2007

For Its Own Sake

"What is youth, except a man or woman before it is fit to be seen?"

The flower pictured grows in the jungle. If no photographer had ever taken its picture, it would still have lived the same way. I think we can learn a good deal from things that take no notice of admiration or criticism.

Remember to dance like no one is watching and to write for yourself first. After all, if someone says something unkind about your story, you can always push them down the stairs in your next novel. As my friend Sandy said when I reflected on this form of literary revenge: "Oh, the power."

And if you are not a writer, remember that on most days you'd have to count yourself lucky on that account and, literary or not, there are always mimosas. :)

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