Essays

Moving Time

I’ll not be renewing the domain registration for Collecting Thoughts Press when it comes due in a month or two. No worries, though. I’ve moved everything to cherylruffing.com (under Essays) and will be publishing new posts there.

Essays

One Step Forward

I don’t like the company I’ve been keeping, and it’s time to get these people out of my life. I’m two-thirds into The Desert Look, Bernard Schopen’s second novel about Reno detective Jack Ross, and the characters peopling this book make me angry, disgusted, depressed, and who knows what all else? They are worse than… Read More One Step Forward

Essays

Every Word

I stepped away from regularly posting to this blog for many reasons, one of which involved the idea of letting inputs and my reactions to them simmer in my brain for a while before dealing with them in writing. Of course, I was motivated in this by spite* (a good little devil that still knows… Read More Every Word

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A Bit of Meandering

Flannery O’Connor corresponded with an interesting range of people, including a Jesuit priest, Father J. H. McCown, and a professor of English, Dr. T.R. Spivey,* who wrote two books on literature and myth and was a Protestant. His Protestantism is significant, because a great deal of Flannery’s letters to Spivey involved discussions of their differing… Read More A Bit of Meandering

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Figuring Things Out

I’m trying to figure out how my days should work. This morning’s deep work time was unfocused, and I think I know the reason. While it’s annoying to be unable to concentrate on the task at hand, the thoughts in my mind causing the distraction are worthy ones. I can last only so long with… Read More Figuring Things Out

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The Crux of the Matter

With the frigid temps (about 9 degrees), the nonstop snow coming down, and the howling wind, I’d have to say that today’s talked-about storm counts as a blizzard. I tried to get out and help with the shoveling but didn’t last long. Two pairs of gloves were not enough to keep my fingers from feeling… Read More The Crux of the Matter

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Just Diving Back In

I wrote my last Collecting Thoughts post on December 20th. That’s nearly a month since I challenged myself to get what’s in my head—no, wait—to unearth what’s in my head and share it online. Christmas has come and gone, I posted the last photo for my 365-day slog with a whispered, “good riddance,” I’ve acquired… Read More Just Diving Back In

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Making Room

I’ve been mulling over whether I should keep up my daily writing practice pretty much since I took those first few days off earlier in the month. Letting go of this “rule” has certainly given me breathing room in my day to day, but I miss the mind work involved in finding something to say… Read More Making Room

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Thoughts on Parenting

A week or two ago, I started following on Instagram a number of homeschooling/unschooling accounts. They’ve been quite fascinating, and I’m tempted to buy a t-shirt featured in one of the posts. It says, simply, “Children are people too.” This morning, I was treated to these wise words from Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking… Read More Thoughts on Parenting