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Cover Art from the 50th Anniversary Edition of "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Sarah J Coleman/Grand Central Publishing, used with permission

When I was little, I remember vividly when E.B. White died. I brought a newspaper article about his death to school to show my teacher, half-expecting we would talk about it as a class or have a moment of mourning. Then and now, authors who have touched my soul reside in a special place in my story-loving heart. One of these is the reclusive Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel that I read as a soft and impressionable but mature ten year old. It’s hard to capture in words all that this story meant to me.…

Art by Simon Kabab, used with permission

A few weeks ago, I woke up to the news that actor Alan Rickman had passed away. Like many Harry Potter fans, I had admired the way that he had brought the character of Snape to life in the movies. In my opinion, he truly did justice and even enhanced the character written by Jo Rowling. When I was a young avid reader (now I’m an old avid reader), there would be moments when in the course of the story unfolding, a character would say one line or the author would share one sentence or weave in one beat that…

In October 2010, a skilled surgeon at UCLA removed my thyroid and sixty-six lymph nodes in my neck, a post-surgery pathology determining that I had papillary thyroid cancer, diffuse sclerosing variant. This particular variant is a rare form of thyroid cancer, occurring less than 1% of the time with little data about its progressions. Some data suggest that it is a more aggressive variant, and there is an uncertain spot on my lung that is monitored for growth or recurrence. Only a few months before, as a starry-eyed newlywed, I had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After I got the…

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
“Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido.”

- Pablo Neruda “Tonight I Can Write” or “Puedo Escribir”
Twenty Love Songs and a Song of Despair translated by W.S. Merwin

“Tonight I Can Write”

Matterhorn peak in summer, photo by Heidi M. Kim

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the famous Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Since that time, the mountain has claimed more than 500 people who have tried to reach its summit. In 1865, countries were assembling teams of climbers who were competing to be the first to plant their flag at the top. I recently learned about the various people in the first summit party. Each had their role in the rope line and in the climb overall. One of the most incredible jobs was that of the foot-setter. A Swiss guide had a young son who…

"Your people are the people that you can talk to without having to create context.”

- Shannon Hale at SCBWI 2015 Summer Conference

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"It is not gray areas that are interesting, but darkness shot through with light, light reflected into the corners that nobody has seen before."

- Martine Leavitt

On Darkness

"The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best that is within us."

- Marianne Williamson

For Everyone on Mother’s Day

  “It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ’em,” said Captain Jim. “When I ponder on them seeds I don’t find it nowise hard to believe that we’ve got souls that’ll live in other worlds. You couldn’t hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone color and scent, if you hadn’t seen that miracle, could you?” – Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery   April is a time of planting, a time of anticipation for spring. With April comes…

When you want to build a ship, do not begin by gathering wood, cutting boards, and distributing work, but rather, awaken the desire for the vast and endless sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Wisdom of the Sands

How to find inspiration…