#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for September, 2008

In Times Like These….

It is a good thing to be an avid student of American history.

The term “Miracle at Philadelphia” is not an exaggeration. Rarely, in the entire recorded history of the world, has there ever been such a gathering of intellect and vision–Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the rest of that brilliant, argumentative crew–in one place, at one very crucial time. These brave men had to meet in secret to hammer out the groundwork for our system of government, for Franklin’s assertion that if they all didn’t hang together, they would surely hang seperately, was absolutely true.

Still darker days

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Morning Pages

Many of you, especially the aspiring writers, are probably familiar with Julia Cameron’s wonderful book, “The Artist’s Way”. If you’re not, and you are engaged in ANY kind of creative endeavor–and when you think about it, EVERY life well lived calls for creativity–you should pick up a copy.

One of Cameron’s time-honored methods for stimulating the flow of words (or paintings, or any other worthwhile thing) is an exercise she calls Morning Pages. You simply hand-write three pages of stuff–stream of consciousness, no judging, whatever is on your mind. (Some people do their pages on a computer. It’s generally agreed

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Back in earlier days, a cattle drive would average 10-12 miles a day.