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Empathy

Empathy. It is the one concept that any great writer understands intimately. Grammar, syntax, style, plot, all crucial, but empathy trumps them all. Writers can’t fake it. It’s something developed over time, with experience. Not writing experience. Life experience. In the writing world, we often hear the phrase, ‘write what you know.’ The broadest sense […]

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Empathy

Empathy. It is the one concept that any great writer understands intimately. Grammar, syntax, style, plot, all crucial, but empathy trumps them all. Writers can’t fake it. It’s something developed over time, with experience. Not writing experience. Life experience. In the writing world, we often hear the phrase, ‘write what you know.’ The broadest sense […]

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Food as Art

What does one ponder at the turning of the New Year? Food, of course. Either the food we will indulge in at our New Year’s feast (the Eve party, AND breakfast, AND the New Year’s Day dinner), or the food we must deny ourselves in order to redeem our waistlines from the gluttony of the […]

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As the Story Goes

As the story goes, a smattering of years over 2000 ago, a young Jew and his wife sought refuge in an inn in the town of Bethlehem–a donkey-back journey of about 4 days south-southwest from Jerusalem. Instead, they found a place in a stable. Many stories have been written–mostly fictional–of exactly what went down that […]

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All Strange and Terrible Things Are Welcome

Cleopatra (yes, that Cleopatra), is quoted as saying, “All strange and terrible things are welcome, but comforts we despise.” When it comes to life in general, I’m not sure I can agree with her. I like comfortable. I like easy. I prefer not to have terrible things happen. I have to admit, however, that I tend […]

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FXXK WRITING: THE END OF THE RAMBLE

This column begins its fourth year of existence this September. A column I didn’t mean to create, yet that kept growing. A column that has made me a few enemies, a handful of fans, and even a book of the same name. What goals I had were general: challenge conventional wisdom about careers in writing, […]

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Because We Felt Like It

WELCOME TO OUR FIRST SEMI-WHENEVER-WE-FEEL-LIKE-IT FFO CLASSICS ISSUE! After some serious reminiscing, we decided we’d like to share with you some of our staff favorites from past issues, along with a bit of our actual reminiscences on why we love these stories. The hard part, you should know, was narrowing it down to these few, […]

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Freedom Lies in Being Bold

Here in the United States and among our northern neighbors of Canada, many are gearing up once again for their annual celebration of freedom. Barbeque grills are being filled with charcoal, apple pies are browning in ovens, and communities are planning parades and firework displays, all accompanied by the fervent fluttering of flags. It’s only […]

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Of Dads and Randomness

Father’s Day is coming up in the United States. This month we feature a wistful story (“Five Times I Have Slept at Your Bedside” by Jared Adams) of a father who emulates this quote from William Shakespeare: “It is a wise father who knows his own child.” I sat and pondered on that quote for […]

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Phases

*Cue dramatic music*  “It’s the Ciiiiirrrrclllllllllle, the Circle of Liiiiiiiiiife!” I clearly remember the first time I saw The Lion King.  It was July of 1994, me, my toddler, my newborn, and my mother in a classic big-screen theater.  I remember being awestruck by that song, and that stunning opening scene.  Mom?  She said, “It’s […]

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