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    Might and Main Monday: Why Read? Katherine Paterson

    Might and Main Monday. Why Read? Katherine Paterson. Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/09/why-read/ #inspiration #quotes #books #whyread #reading

    I’ve been thinking about why fictional books matter. Do they? Why read? What would happen if we could no longer read stories? Fiction readers would live like people who choose not to read. A world of the here and now only, a world where one doesn’t join the dreams of others. There are a lot of people in the world who do this, a few who I know well. They are often happy. So if a person experiences the real…

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    Might and Main Monday: Tim Gautreaux

    Louisiana by Tyler Domingue, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #louisiana #timgautreaux #writing #inspiration #books

    I’ve been thinking about this quote from Louisiana writer Tim Gautreaux. It feels appropriate as families across America will be celebrating the 4th of July. He reminds us that the place you grew up is valid material for creative expression, no matter how humble or obscure it is. People own the territory they are born into. That’s the richest ore writers can mine…. Get in touch with where you’re from, even if it’s a subdivision in Kenner, Louisiana, that is…

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    Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett

    Eucalyptus Tree, Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/22/ann-patchett #writing #inspiration #fiction #novels #books #annpatchett

    Writer Ann Patchett says it all in this quote about the creation of art and the importance of forgiveness. It’s from her article, “The Getaway Car,” reprinted in┬áThis Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Forgiveness. The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this because it is the key to making art, and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life. Every time I have set out to translate…

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    Might and Main Monday: Joseph Campbell

    The Power of Myth Book, Might and Main Monday: A Joseph Campbell Quote, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/17/joseph-campbell-quote #JosephCampbell #PowerofMyth #Inspiration #Quote #storystructure

    The idiom “with might and main,” is an old literary phrase that’s gradually dropped out of modern use. It translates to “with as much strength and effort as possible.” I kind of love it. It’s dramatic, it’s antique. I thought it was apt for how I could approach Mondays, similar to “seize the day.” Monday rings in a new week, a fresh slate, a new window of time to accomplish things. How ever I failed the previous week, Monday gives…