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Catharine bramkamp


I am playing in a Rotary golf tournament in August, for a good cause.  But I haven’t touched my clubs since we adopted a puppy a year and a half ago.  When I took up golf  I was working as hard as I could at real estate and my son and his girlfriend were living with us.  Golf was a perfect way to stay out of the house, and away from the office for as long as possible.  I could take calls from short sales coordinators just as easily on the 14th tee as I could in a noisy house … Read more

Ill health is tremendously distracting: whether it’s a cold or cancer. And sickness is consuming and distracting in an insidious way, you don’t even realize you are distracted until you realize you are not adding to your novel rather you’ve spent the last hour on webmd.

I was ramped up for the whole week before a purportedly painful procedure. I did not sleep well, I couldn’t focus. The day of the procedure was lost. Then I was ramped up waiting for the results. I wasted a week anticipating the worst and researching all the possible outcomes. And through this all, … Read more

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand – strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming ‘Woo hoo – what a ride!”

I don’t know who said this, but I agree.

When I travel, or attend conferences, or even march down the street, I am in thrall by  the women I see who are absolutely perfect.    You know them –  the women who wear scarlet-soled  stilettos sans   stockings, the women … Read more

I just read an interesting post from Sage Coen who commented that she was writing crap (my paraphrase) instead of writing what she really needed to say.  Natalie Goldberg combats this tendency of circular writing by breaking the pattern of her free writing and quickly  dashing “What I really mean to say is . . . “ and then writing more honestly from there.
I support the concept of writing deeply and expressively I really do. I think we should all write deeply and expressively.

By “we” I mean “you”.

I hail from Viking /Norman/English/ Puritan stock whose very existence … Read more

What inspires you?

I collect books: history, poetry and writing books, paper back, hard cover, old, and those I cannot bear to part with. I can run my hand over the book spines and remember exactly what is printed inside. I also remember when and where I was when I first picked up the book. Or in the case of Natalie Goldberg’s Wild Mind, I remember when I spilled red wine on the book and how devastated I was at the time, but I never replaced it. I keep the ragged, wine stained book on my shelf and thumb through … Read more

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