Author Archives: clpauwels

About clpauwels

Author; teacher; seeker of truth about life, the universe, and everything

KISS isn’t so stupid

As a teacher, I often find myself assuming a level of knowledge that doesn’t exist, and I’m frustrated, both with the student (“How can you not know that?”) and with myself (“Given the audience, why would you make that assumption?”). … Continue reading

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Whoosh!

I just spent the last half-hour shredding an innocent stack of receipts and papers rather than finish doing our taxes. Yes, I know it’s April; don’t judge! Our house is never cleaner than when I have a stack of papers … Continue reading

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Regrets…more than a few

Sometimes life throws out a roadblock to stop the infernal busy-ness society tells us is so important – working 50+ hours a week, writing a book, or running for office – and as we stumble over reality, we’re reminded what … Continue reading

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Money, money, money…

I don’t know whether it makes the world go ’round like Liza tells us in Cabaret, or if it’s funny like ABBA says in Mama Mia (rewatched for the umpteenth time Friday night), but it’s certainly the focus of Western … Continue reading

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Dot the i’s and cross the t’s

My to-do list overfloweth. So very many steps to follow to be successful in any profession, whether in the writing world or the political. First things first, of course: in writing, learn the craft. Write, and write some more. While … Continue reading

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Oh, grow up already!

As so often happens, when an idea begins poking at the edges of my unconscious, I see reminders of it in other areas of life – an occurrence blamed on our “reticular activating system.” It’s why when we’re shopping for a … Continue reading

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As long as you are watching.

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” ~ J.C. Watts (and others) Conversely, what about doing the right thing especially when others are watching? Most of us have had moments (too many, in my experience) when it was … Continue reading

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The journey, not the destination (Yeah, right!)

Persistence: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition Another whirlwind week on the writing/campaign journey, and the parallels continue to astound me. As any writer knows, persistence is key to this life … Continue reading

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Parallel journeys: writing and politics

As an introverted (if opinionated) writer, I have never imagined myself taking the bizarre leap I was offered this week. Of course, I said that about teaching, too, and I’ve been doing that for seven years now. But this is … Continue reading

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Maybe I’m not alone…

As I struggle to find my too-long-absent writing life, this post appears in my Facebook feed today. When the mind is ready… via Writing is Everything

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