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Sometimes the Presidents say very specific things about everyday people. Sometimes, they address them directly. This one feels like writing advice. It feels right for Rosh Hashanah. It was also advice Ari needed in Beyond Lucky. Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.  Do you have...
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Today’s quote comes from Woodrow Wilson. You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. ...
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File under: Presidents can be funny. Also file under: Did he say this or didn’t he? And: maybe the internet does not know everything! (There is evidence to say: HE DID NOT.) What he definitely said: Do you have a favorite presidential quote? If so, send it to me! sarah.n.aronson@gmail.com. I would love to share...
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Today’s quotes come from FDR. (I couldn’t choose.) And the quote that every writer I know can identify with: “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In...
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Here is an important statement by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending...
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I could quote President Barack Obama every day until Election Day! (He was the President I quoted in the last chapter of Beyond Lucky, too!) Like so many other Americans, I was moved when he spoke about CHANGE: Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are...
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Ever since my mom asked me to make posters for George McGovern, I have been interested in politics. And why not? We elect leaders to make this world better. I have never missed the opportunity to vote. When I was living in New Hampshire, I met many candidates. My son, Elliot, discovered presidential trivia when...
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“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” -William Faulkner Dear Writers, Kill the Darlings. It’s one of the first and most important things we learn to do as writers. We all know it is essential. And sometimes, not as simple as it sounds. Killing your darlings means: Getting rid of individual lines that attract...
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July 4, 2016 Memory is a passion no less powerful or pervasive than love. What does it mean to remember? It is to live more than one world, to prevent the past from fading and to call upon the future to illuminate it. It is to revive fragments of existence, to rescue lost beings, to...
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If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh Dear Writers, I have already written at least once about watching my cousin, Alisan Porter, compete on The Voice. I have to admit: I LOVE hearing her sing. Well tonight,...
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About Sarah

Sarah Aronson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of one picture book, The Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Pop-Up, and three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, Believe, and The Wish List.