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More Austen Please

“Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience — or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.” ~Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility)

My son recently asked me, “Why do you take breaks from writing (work) to write more (for personal pleasure)?”

“Because I must and I love to.”

He looked strangely at me because the required realities of essays, papers (and such for school) etc. do not light him on fire. He is a great writer (he might disagree) but he doesn’t like to do so.

I remember (during the growing up years) dreading the 4-6 page plot level compositions (yawn) and (even recently in college) being overwhelmed by the challenges to compose lengthy papers which critique and analyze a few sentences. Overall, I love to write and have since I was a child.

Jane Austen has been an inspiration to me (and thousands of other female writers). She died on my birthdate and I have always felt a kind of kindred connection with her.  In more recent years, she has developed somewhat of a cult following to the degree that other writers compose novels in the Austen style. Not only do I enjoy her texts, I have watched probably every Austen film that has been created. The following are some of my favorites!


Sense and Sensibility

Pride and Prejudice

Becoming Jane

Smooth Jazz Saturday

Yep, it’s a smooth jazz kinda day in SoFlo–0vercast, chilly, gloomy. Perfect day for writing interspersed with some old school jazz like Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. Some modern artists as well like Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and my favorite, Kurt Elling. Hope you all are enjoying your weekend wherever in the world you are!


I watched a great chick flick tonight called Chocolat with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. It somehow managed to fly under my feminine radar when it was first released in 2000. I found it perched atop a shelf in a nearby library among hundreds of other titles.

I’d recommend it to anyone of you, women, who are intoxicated with chocolate and France (set in a fictional village called Lansquenet-sous-Tannes). Parts of it reminded me of a Hallmark movie (fortunately only small segments), but the chocolate and romance made up for the cheese–or maybe the romance was part of the cheese.

Anyway, still playful and delicious. As I am typing this, I have near my laptop, an assortment of positively sinful, Godiva chocolates (thanks to my sister-in-law and her family).I am savoring each one, yet, only the dark truffles ignite passion (seriously ;-)).

So, enjoy the movie and be sure to have some decadent chocolates on hand prior to watching. If you didn’t crave them before, you will after!