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  1. Don’t Be Like Me: Take the Help, Dummy

    “Soon enough—a few weeks, a few months—and the poem seems to me like a cardboard cutout of a puppy: inauthentic, inflexible, lacking in depth or life. I don’t know why this is, but I hate it.” At The Gloria Sirens, Katie Riegel encourages other poets to be humble and willing to accept help.

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  2. Charlotte Hoather, Soprano

    If you ever wondered what an opera singer’s daily life looks like, you’ll love Charlotte Hoather’s blog, where the British soprano invites visitors and fans behind the scenes (and occasionally on stage, too).

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  3. Ten Reasons Why Students Should Read Whole Books over Excerpts

    As the school year is kicking into gear in many countries, Cari White, a librarian in Texas, gives parents and educators 10 reasons to encourage young readers to tackle entire works.

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  4. Philately. Lately.

    Lovers of all things postal, rejoice! At Philately. Lately., Poland-based blogger Octavian shares treasures from his vast stamp collection, one post (no pun intended. Maybe.) at a time.

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  5. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

    Cristian Mihai has been a prolific blogger for years; in this post, he shares his hard-earned insight into the things that can help people build — and maintain — a blogging rhythm and an audience.

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  6. Mapping My Weeks

    Hannah Brencher on productivity and to-do lists: “Locate the task that is the most important but also the one you’re most likely to procrastinate on. That’s your frog. Your frog is the thing that NEEDS to get done . . . I try to ‘eat the frog’ every week, early in the week.”

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  7. How Do We Write Now?

    Patricia Lockwood on writing in a time of distractions: “The feeling you get after hours of scrolling that all your thoughts have been replaced with cotton candy . . . as opposed to the feeling of being open to poetry, to being inside the poem, which is the feeling of being honey in the hive.”

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  8. Should You Become a Photographer?

    Madara Parma, a Latvian photographer, asked six of her peers around the world, from India to Argentina, to share their honest takes on the joys and challenges of a career in photography.

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  9. Three Things I’ve Learned Through Grief

    From Allie Lehman: “In my 20s, I was always waiting for my big break. I used to see others’ success and was convinced (without a doubt) that that made them happy. Now, I feel myself running away from hype and hustle. I feel strong standing on the ground underneath me.”

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  10. Cancel out the Doubt

    Team USA Paralympian Andrew Kurka writes on his hopes for PyeongChang: “There are so many responsibilities, so many thoughts, and so much good I want to do. When looking at it all, the journey, the sacrifice, the glory.”

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  12. On Poetry and Photography

    Guest blogger Kelsie Marchand, a Syilx woman from the Okanagan Territory in British Columbia, at Tea&Bannock: “I used to be a lost soul and when I found that photography can be an expression of unspeakable words, then I felt as though I found my true self.”

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  13. Note to Self – A Guide to Self Preservation in My Senior Years

    “Be someone you would like to remember.” What advice would you give to yourself in your senior years? At Life After 50, Lynn compiles 18 pieces of wisdom for her older self.

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  14. The Internet Made Me Hate My Notebook (But I Fixed It. We’re Good Now.)

    K.C. Wise tries different notebooks, from various Moleskines to a Bullet Journal to a SELF Journal — then back again to a Moleskine: “. . . my relationship with the Moleskine notebook started very simply. Girl meets simple black notebook and falls in love.”

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  15. A Writing Update for 2018

    Anna Shinoda puts a monster manuscript to rest amid a time of grief. “Writing has returned to being an emotional outlet for me. . . . My thoughts come out in small bursts. Emotions and words that are swirling find a better place on paper than circulating in my head.”

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