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If An Editor Gave You Carte Blanche

Decades ago when my personal essays were just starting to be published, a series of events had me sitting before an editor of Philadelphia’s major newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer. I was trying to pitch a story idea I was very passionate about — vital octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centenarians in our city. “What makes Joan Leof an …

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JOAN LEOF WRITE TO HEAL

“Mr. Duffy lived a short distance away from his body.” James Joyce, Ulysses Nietzsche tells us we must “come to love our scars.”  Our inability to feel our “negative” emotions often leads to strokes, heart attacks, and other organic problems. according to Elaine de Beauport in The Three Faces of Mind, our feelings are exercises for the organs …

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