A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more. "Every hour is saved from that eternal silence, something more, a bringer of new things." – Tennyson

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Last updated: 12/30/2015

December 2015

December Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups)

Holiday Introverts: Tips for Getting through Stressful Family Gatherings
(Discoveries from Living)

Shy Fire: A 99-word Story
(Creative Writings)

Learning about the Cycle of Hunger, Poverty, and Overpopulation
(Discoveries from Learning, Causes I Support)

November 2015

November Mind Cleanup, Blog Business, & Thanksgiving
(Mind Cleanups, Cat Photos)

Stolen Moment: A 99-word Story
(Creative Writings)

October 2015

October Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Nature Photos)

On Being Nice to People
(Discoveries from Living)

Enjoying Fall
(Cat Photos, Nature Photos)

Fall Moment: A Poem
(Creative Writings)

Self-entitled: A 99-word Story
(Creative Writings)

September 2015

Inside a Writer’s Mind: An Abecedarian Poem
(Creative Writings)

Simple Truth: Short Quote & Fall Photo
(Quotes, Nature Photos)

September Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups)

The Smile: A 99-word Love Story
(Creative Writings)

Evening Song
(Creative Writings, Nature Photos)

Sacrifice vs. Self-interest: My Moral Philosophy
(Discoveries from Living)

Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

August 2015

Thought-provoking Quotes from The Grapes of Wrath
(Discoveries from Learning, Quotes)

Europe’s Migrant Crisis and Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath
(Discoveries from Learning, Discoveries from Living)

Inspirational Quote: “I Don’t Believe in Failure…”
(Quotes)

Being Eighteen: A True Short-short Story
(Creative Writings)

Quote: Choosing Love Every Day(Quotes)

Photos: New River Gorge, West Virginia
(Nature Photos)

The Almost Crushing Weight of My Gratitude and Happiness
(Discoveries from Living)

Soul and Space: A Young Writer’s Need to Turn Away from Social Media
(Discoveries from Living)

Back to Original Blog Name
(Cat Photos, Discoveries from Writing)

Summer Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups)

July 2015

Stepping Up My Emotional Maturity Game
(Discoveries from Living)

His Eyes Had What Hers Were Missing
(Creative Writings)

A Little Family Scene (Fiction Exercise)
(Creative Writings)

June 2015

Home: 99-word Flash Fiction
(Creative Writings)

“Spells of Calm”: A Quote I Love
(Discoveries from Learning)

Art and Aloneness
(Discoveries from Writing)

Vertical Again: A Poem
(Creative Writings, Nature Photos)

Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

May 2015

The Importance of Personal Boundaries
(Discoveries from Living)

What She Was Giving: A Flash Fiction Story
(Creative Writings)

Camping Photos
(Nature Photos)

May Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Cat Photos)

Being My Own Friend
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Living)

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton: Wow! Wow! Wow!
(Discoveries from Learning)

The Downside of Spring
(Creative Writings)

To quote myself…
(Discoveries from Learning, Other Photos)

Busy Season
(Cat Photos)

The Joys and Evils of Small Communities
(Discoveries from Living)

April 2015

Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

New Writing Plan and “Story a Day in May”
(Discoveries from Writing)

Happy Marvin
(Cat Photos)

Heart Neighbors: Love as a Free Partnership
(Discoveries from Living, Other Photos)

Tulips: A Poem
(Creative Writings)

The Journey Matters, Too
(Discoveries from Living)

My Favorite Inspirational Songs
(Discoveries from Living)

I Need Patience: Working towards Your Dreams Is Not Easy
(Discoveries from Writing)

Quote: The Goodness of Hope

Wild Glory
(Nature Photos)

The Wonder of Springtime: A Poem and the Personal Story behind It
(Creative Writings)

We Need You to Be Yourself
(Discoveries from Living)

Hello, Spring!
(Nature Photos)

Quote: The Confidence of Ignorance
(Short Quotes)

March 2015

“Fear is stronger than love”: Thoughts, Reflections on Anna Karenina, and a Haiku
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Learning, Discoveries from Living)

Celebrating Spring
(Discoveries from Learning, Other Photos)

Great Poems: “A Noiseless, Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman
(Great Poems)

March Mind Cleanup, Plus Vacation Photos
(Mind Cleanup)

Self-care: A Life-changing and World-changing Practice
(Discoveries from Living)

Cute Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

The Intricacy of Effective Simplicity
(Discoveries from Writing, Discoveries from Living)

February 2015

On Feeding My Creative Spirit, My Miracle, and Other Updates
(Discoveries from Writing, Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments Lately
(Lovely Moments)

On Writing and Art: A Breakthrough
(Discoveries from Writing)

January 2015

Knitting Gallery!
(Discoveries from Living)

Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Discovering the Wonderful Advantages of Dignity
(Discoveries from Living)

December 2014

Musings twoard a Wise Life
(Discoveries from Writing)

Books I Read in 2014
(Discoveries from Learning)

In Pursuit of a More Descriptive Subtitle
(Discoveries from Writing, Cat Photos)

Sleepy Cat Photos
(Cat Photos)

Don Quixote on Writing
(Discoveries from Learning)

November 2014

I’m Alive: A Song of Gratitude
(Creative Writings, Other Photos)

On Self-education
(Discoveries from Learning)

Discovering My Need for Self-parenting
(Discoveries from Living)

Work and Poor People: My First Time Ever Writing Directly about Politics
(Discoveries from Living)

Idea: Eliminate Political Campaigns and Empower the People Instead
(Discoveries from Living)

October 2014

Happy National Cat Day!
(Cat Photos)

The Rich Mind’s Way: A Poem
(Creative Writings, Other Photos)

Learning the Art of Beautiful Conversation
(Discoveries from Living, Nature Photos)

Let’s Get Updated…Plus, a Confession
(Discoveries from Writing, Nature Photos)

September 2014

“It Would Be a Merrier World”
(Discoveries from Learning)

Blogging Hiatus: Off to Follow the Muse
(Discoveries from Writing, Nature Photos)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments, Nature Photos)

Discovering the Power of Priorities
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups)

For the Love of Tea
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments, Nature Photos)

My Newspaper Op-ed: Why I’m Giving Up My Smart Phone
(Discoveries from Living)

August 2014

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Other Photos)

Overheard
(Discoveries from Living)

The Skill of Restraint
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Perseverance on the Traffic-jammed Road of Writing for $
(Discoveries from Writing)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups)

Great Poems: “Terence, this is stupid stuff” by A.E. Housman
(Discoveries from Learning, Great Poems)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Practicing the Craft of Fiction
(Discoveries from Writing)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Nature Photos)

A Laugh for Your Thursday
(Discoveries from Writing)

On Pursuing a Relaxed Life
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Brainwave! (See? Breaks Pay Off!)
(Discoveries from Writing)

Blogging Vacation
(Other Photos)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Nature Photos)

July 2014

Great Poems: “Sometimes I walk where the deep water dips” by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman
(Discoveries from Learning, Great Poems)

Committing to My Own Persona
(Discoveries from Living, Other Photos)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

The Value of Studying History
(Discoveries from Learning)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Nature Photos)

Setting Off: A Poem
(Creative Writings)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Why I Am a Non-judgmental Vegetarian
(Discoveries from Living)

Discovering the Fun of Yard Sale Shopping
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Nature Photos)

Great Poems: “Night” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Discoveries from Learning, Great Poems)

Seedling: A Haiku
(Creative Writings, Nature Photos)

One Lovely Blog Award!
(Discoveries from Writing)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Waging War on My Stress
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quotes
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups)

A New Way of Responding to Bad Moods
(Discoveries from Living, Other Photos)

In Defense of Understandable Poetry
(Discoveries from Learning)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Discovering the Joys of Camping
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Cat Photos)

Pondering: Large Families vs. Small Families
(Discoveries from Living)

The Writing Class by Jincy Willet
(Discoveries from Learning)

Open Parachutes, Open Minds
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

June 2014

Nature’s Spell: A Poem
(Creative Writings)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Nature Photos)

Why I ♥ Victor Hugo
(Discoveries from Learning)

“The Peninsula”: Discovering the Value of Relationships
(Discoveries from Living, Creative Writings)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Talking about “Character” in the Older Sense of the Word
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Cat Photos)

On My Favorite Classic Novels List: The Great Gatsby
(Discoveries from Learning)

On Assertiveness and People Who Make Us Spindly
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Four Cool Causes
(Causes I Support)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Nature Photos)

These Photos Cost Me Way Too Much
(Discoveries from Learning)

Having Literary Flashbacks
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Unplugging my Life
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Cat Photos)

Short Time Blocks, More Writing!
(Discoveries from Writing)

Learning to Face Disagreement Maturely
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
(Discoveries from Learning)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

May 2014

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups)

I Appreciate You, Fast Food Workers!
(Discoveries from Living)

To Be Sublime: A Writer’s Heartaches
(Discoveries from Writing)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

Memorial to My Literary Heroes (and Imaginary Friends)
(Discoveries from Learning)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Cat Photos)

My Search for the Perfect Notebook System
(Discoveries from Writing)

Getting Better at Self-care
(Discoveries from Living)

Lovely Moments
(Lovely Moments)

How Many Books Can I Read at Once?
(Discoveries from Learning)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Saturday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weekly Mind Cleanup
(Mind Cleanups, Cat Photos)

Six Little Ways Non-Western Cultures Have Made My Life Better
(Discoveries from Living)

Kindergartener Questions: Excerpts from My Memoir-in-progress
(Creative Writings)

New Blog Fun; Lovely Moments
(Discoveries from Writing)

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Discoveries from Learning)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

The Real Reason Why “No One Is Perfect”
(Discoveries from Living)

Reviving Letter Writing
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Wow, Ya’ll! Brilliant Blogging!
(Discoveries from Learning)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

April 2014

It’s Time to Speak
(Discoveries from Living)

The Magic of Hawaii
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Book Review: Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti
(Discoveries from Learning)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Tea: “A Temporary Solution to the Cares of the World”
(Discoveries from Living)

My Discovery of the Joys of Knitting
(Discoveries from Living)

Sunday Short Quote
(Short Quotes)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Let It Be and Hold It Dear
(Creative Writings)

Input Overwhelm: So Much to Read!
(Discoveries from Living)

Celebrating Love
(Discoveries from Living, Discoveries from Learning)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

March 2014

My Resurrection: A Sonnet
(Creative Writings)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Happy Birthday, Robert Frost (I Miss You)!
(Discoveries from Learning)

Midnight in Paris and “Golden Age Thinking”
(Discoveries from Living)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

Weather Conversations (It’s the First Day of Spring!)
(Discoveries from Living)

Why I’m Grateful for Ebooks (But Still Won’t Read Them)
(Discoveries from Living)

Friday Cat Photo
(Cat Photos)

On Being a Writer
(Discoveries from Writing)

Book Recommendation: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
(Discoveries from Learning)

February 2014

Mental Endurance–Our Salvation and Destruction
(Discoveries from Living)

The Glow of a Good TV Show
(Discoveries from Living)

A Case of the Grays
(Discoveries from Living)

Less Is More: My Latest Life Lesson in Verse
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Living)

January 2014

Each Heart I’ve Known: A Villanelle
(Creative Writings)

New Year’s Is Here! (It’s my favorite holiday!)
(Discoveries from Living)

December 2013

Sometimes I want a ceiling: A Poem
(Creative Writings)

November 2013

Rethinking Once Again…Maybe the Middle Ages Weren’t So Bad After All
(Discoveries from Learning)

Break from Blogging—and Giving Advice
(Discoveries from Living, Discoveries from Writing)

Get the Gift of Logical Thinking by Learning a Little Philosophy
(Discoveries from Learning)

October 2013

How to Have Boundaries with Your Smart Phone
(Discoveries from Living)

Verse on Reading Well
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Learning)

Little Skill, Big Head: The Dunning-Kruger Effect
(Discoveries from Learning)

Meditation on Uncertainty
(Discoveries from Living)

Book Covers: A Short-short Story
(Creative Writings)

Four Words I’ve Enjoyed Learning
(Discoveries from Learning)

A Mystery Novel’s Musings on Morality
(Discoveries from Living)

Grieving for the Middle Ages
(Discoveries from Learning)

When Labeling Yourself Is a Good Thing
(Discoveries from Living)

Great Insight from A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
(Discoveries from Learning)

Learning to Live and Write by Imitation
(Discoveries from Living, Discoveries from Writing)

Discovering the Terracotta Army
(Discoveries from Learning)

I Was Wrong: A Confession
(Discoveries from Living)

My Very Favorite Song: “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel
(Discoveries from Living)

Anna Karenina and Vronsky at the End: A Poem
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Learning)

Happiness Is Like a Checking Account
(Discoveries from Living)

Do You Know the Difference between These Musical Terms?
(Discoveries from Learning)

Questioning the Legitimacy of American Pride
(Discoveries from Living)

With You: A Love Poem
(Creative Writings)

My Daily OHM (One Happy Moment) Journal
(Discoveries from Living)

My Flashcard Study System
(Discoveries from Learning)

Two Nature Poems I Found and Fell in Love with as a Preteen
(Discoveries from Learning)

September 2013

Is Pride Good or Bad?
(Discoveries from Living)

Ode to the Preacher
(Creative Writings)

Reflections on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley—and on Being Impulsive
(Discoveries from Learning)

The Benefits of Clearly Saying What We Mean
(Discoveries from Living)

The Difference between Science and Pseudoscience
(Discoveries from Learning)

Creation: A Free-verse Poem
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Writing)

We Are What We Aim For
(Discoveries from Living)

Open-mindedness: The Only Way to Cultivate It
(Discoveries from Living)

Natural Selection for Dummies (Like Me)
(Discoveries from Learning)

Childhood vs. Adulthood
(Creative Writings)

The Cambridge Platonists: An Important but Forgotten Group of Thinkers
(Discoveries from Learning)

Climbing with You: A Love Poem
(Creative Writings)

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
(Discoveries from Learning)

The Luxury of a Quiet Life
(Discoveries from Living)

The Turn: A Sonnet
(Creative Writings)

Why I Support the Classical Education Movement
(Discoveries from Learning, Causes I Support)

How a Note from a Customer Made Me Kinder
(Discoveries from Living)

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé
(Discoveries from Learning)

August 2013

Taking Action Against Child Abuse
(Causes I Support)

What I Admire about Elizabeth and Jane Bennet
(Discoveries from Living, Discoveries from Learning)

Untangling: A Villanelle
(Creative Writings)

Multitasking Can Hurt Productivity
(Discoveries from Living)

When I Grow Up
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Writing)

Emotional Honesty: A Cooling Balm for Anger and Anxiety
(Discoveries from Living)

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway: A Lovely Work of Art
(Discoveries from Learning)

Trial and Error: The Story of My Self-education Plans
(Discoveries from Learning)

Two Light Quatrains
(Creative Writings)

Wordplay: Five Zany-sounding Literary Devices
(Discoveries from Learning)

Funeral for My Attempt at Reading Moby-Dick
(Discoveries from Learning)

Health Is Proportion
(Discoveries from Living)

July 2013

Logic for Everyday Life
(Discoveries from Learning)

Illness: A Poem
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Living)

Confirmation Theory
(Discoveries from Learning)

June 2013

Tolstoy and Beautiful Art
(Discoveries from Learning)

How Did We Get So Advanced?
(Discoveries from Learning)

May 2013

Writing Teachers
(Creative Writings, Discoveries from Writing)

On Writing
(Discoveries from Living, Discoveries from Writing)

“Race” Is Not a Scientific Term
(Discoveries from Learning)

The Problem of Induction
(Discoveries from Learning)

Chaos Theory and Related Concepts
(Discoveries from Learning)

“Reposer”
(Discoveries from Learning)

Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing
(Discoveries from Learning)

Claiming my Voice
(Discoveries from Living, Discoveries from Writing)

Purposes of this Blog
(Discoveries from Living)

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