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Two judges picked Carole as the winner of the Sept. 15 contest. Yeah, Carole! Congratulations to you.

Here is her wonderful entry:

“Dumb Luck” or “Besheirt”? Not receiving any sorority invites in grade 9, I became an active member of a Jewish youth group, receiving valuable leadership training, which later turned into a 25 year long career as a Synagogue youth director, impacting hundreds of teens and leading to lifelong friendships. “Besheirt” or “Dumb Luck”?

Congratulations to everyone who took the time to enter. Thank you, all!

My fall semester begins today. This afternoon I’ll meet my New School class, all first-timers with me. Tomorrow my home group resumes. I’ve been working with all–except for one–for years.

Different agendas; however, the 5 quotes below apply to us all:

The first draft of anything is shit. Ernest Hemingway

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. Barbara Kingsolver

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work. Stephen King

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Mark Twain

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way– Ernest Hemingway


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