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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Count Stars, Study The Clouds

“If you want to lose 40 pounds, you order salad instead of fries. If you want to be a better friend, you take the phone call instead of screening it. If you want to write a novel, you sit down and write a single paragraph. It's scary to make major changes, but we usually have enough courage to take the next right step.” – Regina Brett

Born on this date in 1956, Brett is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for her newspaper commentary, an inspirational speaker, and also the author of both books and short stories.  

Brett’s first – and bestselling – book grew out of her work as a columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Those columns, entitled "50 Life Lessons,” became some of the most distributed columns she has written, appearing on blogs as well as social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook.  Often misidentified as a 90-year-old woman, Brett has now taken those "50 Life Lessons" columns and adapted them as chapters in that bestselling book, God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours.               
                        One of those is worth sharing as we head into our first summer month, advice for writers and readers alike.  Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy, she said.  “To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. Or to sit on a branch and study the clouds.”

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