Author Archives: Sidney Stark

Lifeline~

“There are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” ― Ann Landers When I hear someone say they’ve been thrown a lifeline, I picture a round, white floatation device we used to call a ‘lifesaver’ with a line attached to a savior at its other end.… Continue Reading

Is Everybody Listening?

Is Everybody Listening?

“I never learn anything from listening to myself.” ― Barbara Kingsolver Most people would call me an apolitical beast, and be right. That’s why you’ve never seen a post on this blog covering politics from any side. So, how did I get myself involved in the current healthcare debate? Through the back door; that’s how.… Continue Reading

Men Always Do That!

Men Always Do That!

“Emotions aren’t happening to you. Your brain makes them as you need them. You are the architect of your own experience.”—Lisa Feldman Barrett A recent discussion with a group of writers launched an unexpected line of reasoning. One author described a gift, given from one of her characters to another, as a compromise. The receiver… Continue Reading

Moving Right Along

Moving Right Along

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”- Stephen Hawking How do you know when someone’s really gone? It seems there are so many markers at first…empty rooms, meals alone, no one to share a good movie or concert with, to travel with, to ski with, a voice you don’t hear, handwriting you don’t see…the… Continue Reading

Drifting…

Drifting…

“She could let that force carry her without trying to understand it perfectly or making it do her bidding.” –Emily Alden in Certain Liberties What a surprise to come across writing of one’s own, forgotten in a stretch of time. The discovery serves two purposes: one is the most welcome affirmation that the work, remembered… Continue Reading

Out Of Context

Out Of Context

Writing groups are not necessarily sources of inspiration. Of course, that’s what we writers wish for, but seldom find. Usually, there’s a lot of agony and angst, exhaustion and wear-and-tear, as well as hard work.  However, I had a revelation recently working with my new group that shook up my assumptions permanently, affecting my daily… Continue Reading