Category Archives: Creative Nonfiction

From My Notebook: A Few Easy Ways to Think Creatively

By Dave Hood In a quiet study, texts on writing lining a book case that stretches to the ceiling, a abstract print by artist, Wassily Kandinsky, hanging from the wall, a young woman, desiring to become a writer, sits at … Continue reading

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The Importance of Work

March 5, 2014 By Dave Hood “Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a … Continue reading

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Personal Essay: The Art of Taking Still Life Photographs

Thursday, January-09-14 Dave Hood Still life is one of the popular genres of photography, and involves taking pictures of “inanimate objects,” including vegetables, toys, knick knacks, vintage things, like a pin-up calendar from the 50s. The photographer can take images … Continue reading

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Making S.M.A.R.T New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday, December-31-13 By Dave Hood “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln In the winter of 1977, when I was eighteen years old, I decided to take up … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: The Winter Hat

By Dave Hood “I have a hat. It’s graceful and feminine and gives me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying … Continue reading

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Memoir Essay: On Savoring the Moment

By Dave Hood “Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.”—George Herbert Several years ago, I went through one hell of a time. During that time, I learned a great deal about how to … Continue reading

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Segmented Essay: What Is Normal?

Friday, December-13-13 By Dave Hood “To be normal is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful.” ― Carl Jung “When your ideas shatter established though, expect blowback.”—Tim Fargo What is normal? Webster’s dictionary suggests that normal means to conform to a … Continue reading

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