Category Archives: Writer’s Corner

The Shadow Knows

Text & photo by Virginia Parker Staat

“Beware the ides of March.”  ~ William Shakespeare

Eric and sign

Six-foot-plus Eric is dwarfed by the simple sign.

Would Eric really do it?

As I write this, we have just come off the Dempster Highway, one of my favorite roads on the planet. This road is the most northern you can drive in Canada during the summer. Continue reading

Tapping the Storyteller

by Virginia Parker Staat

“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn.
Tell me the truth and I’ll believe.
But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”
~ Native American Proverb

Years ago I attended a literary reading series. After one of the writers finished reading his essay aloud, he asked the audience an intriguing question, Continue reading

The Greatest Gift

By Virginia Parker Staat

“I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor
walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.”

~Donna Tartt

It was a gem of a find. It had rained for six days straight, and we were looking for a diversion. Continue reading

The Making of a Grammar Ninja

by Virginia Parker Staat

A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy;
true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error.
He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down.
Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.
~ E.B. White

I fear I have officially become a grammar ninja. Continue reading

Writing an OMG! Moment

by Virginia Parker Staat

“Words have life and must be cared for.
If they are stolen for ugly uses or careless slang or false promotion work,
they need to be brought back to their original meaning – back to their roots.” ~
Corita Kent

David and I have just returned home from a four-month camping trip through Alaska and Canada. Continue reading

Old Friends

Article & photo by Virginia Parker Staat

“I love everything that’s old – old friends, old times,
old manners, old books, old wine.“
~ Oliver Goldsmith

It’s done… finished… finito. Last week we completed the library we have been building for over two years. Continue reading

The Ghosts of Past and Present

By Virgina Parker Staat

“I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to watch various movie adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It occurred to me that the ghosts in this timeless story make a good parallel for writing. I realize that it may be a bit of a stretch, but work with me here… Continue reading

Stranger than Fiction

by Virginia Parker Staat

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction
is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

~Mark Twain, Following the Equator: a Journey Around the World

It was a vision to behold… nearly 100 men, each dressed in white, all dancing, twirling, running, and flapping their arms while the band raucously sang the old Gospel tune, I’ll Fly Away. Continue reading