old photo of me. 1966. Ah Hah! The past was good–remembering it is even better ’cause the yucky stuff seems to have faded away. Now–the present, that is the thing! Living today and still have that optimistic outlook-damn life is good! Ran across  a superb quote from none other than my favorite author, John Steinbeck. He never fails to come to the rescue when my mind is dull and woeful. It is soooo appropriate–so true for those of us who write: Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and soon you have a dozen.  And some very good advice from Mr. Steinbeck: If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it–by pass it and go on. When you finish the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there. (this happens to me all the time)

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