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Witty writers leave a lasting legacy. One of the most influential, and sadly, not always recognized as the source for many witticisms still in use, is Dorothy Parker.

Born in 1898, she had a childhood full of conflict and sad circumstances. Her mother died just before her fifth birthday, her difficult stepmother passed three years later, and her father died just before her twentieth birthday.

Through her pain and deep sources of internal conflict, she went on to become a bright literary light. She became an editor to Vogue Magazine, on the board at The New Yorker magazine and founding member, a Hollywood screenwriter, and prolific poet and published author.

She was a vocal advocate for civil rights and against Nazism. At one point she called herself a Communist which caused her to be blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment in the McCarthy era of the 1950’s.

She was married three times; twice to the same man. Dorothy Parker had very traumatic and conflicted love stories, many affairs, and attempted suicide three times.

Raised in New York, she returned to Manhattan and died at her residence in 1967.

For a further detail of her accomplishments, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Parker

Enjoy some of her many witty and sarcastic quotes. I love that she uses sparkling use of the English language, twists of truth, and black humor.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “On the Edge.”

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Without a doubt, reading is the balm to my many emotions. Feeling or caring too much is never a problem when you read. You determine the timetable; the moment to open the spine is to decide how to open your heart. The moment you close a book, you close your eyes in settling the words into your mind. As you turn each page, you feel another leap in your soul because there is more to learn and your story continues. The characters are yours and shared from another who miraculously has the ability to cause to recognize yourself in a book that you never knew existed before. Even when it is returned, a book continues to walk with you, side by side, into an enhanced awareness never to be the same.

Such is the joy of reading and the preparation for it. It is a gathering of our senses – a warm cup of coffee or tea, a soft and soothing chair, sofa or bed, enough light to read but dimmed so that it does not overpower our focus on the one thing that engages us. We are drawn in and made a part of a group of other like-minded people whom we never knew existed. They welcome us and give us a seat at the banquet that reading becomes and we are never the same again.

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Reading is the one journey where you take one step and travel lifetimes. You can discover the world from the center of your bed and have all of the attention of characters focused solely on you.

It relaxes, it coaxes, it soothes, and it strengthens. Fear and doubt can be washed away in a few pages. Close the book, and you can feel your soul expand and your chest rise with an enlarged beating heart. There are so many books and authors, yet, reading is the one obsession that we do not tire of. Rather, it grows with our indulgences and seeks out even more.

An appreciation for reading and writing is what propels us to begin sharing our stories. The scope and reach is so large that even when our own world becomes too small, the universe awaits us, embraces us, and shelters us in the cocoon of words once more.
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Are we writers because we live or do we live because we are writers?

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“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

– Ernest Hemingway

“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.”

― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

― Toni Morrison

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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