“The kids will grow up, but the writing will always be there.”

A quick shout out to Tracy Hahn-Burkett for her post yesterday at Writer Unboxed, “When We’re Forced to Work Outside Our Own Writing Boxes”: it was a well-timed knock-on-the-head during this transitional time of year when school is wrapping up and home, work, kids, aging parents, graduations, recitals, playoffs, picnics, etc. vie for limited time and attention and, in my case, keep me from writing — here and elsewhere — as much as I’d like.

Hahn-Burkett quotes Harvey Freedenberg at the end of the piece, saying “The kids will grow up, but the writing will always be there.” Substitute what you want for “writing”: laundry, bills, dishes, files, meetings, etc. It’s an apt reminder. As is this piece by Freedenberg about “Commonplace Books” and gathering up bits of wisdom — like his — that we encounter as we read.

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