Author: Phyllis Root

Present Imperfect

I’ve been reading the posts on imperfection and thinking about my own imperfections as a writer. I don’t know of any present imperfect or future imperfect tense in English, but perhaps there should be. My writing in the future...

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The earth under our feet

Yesterday I was wandering the Internet when I came upon a quote by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Here’s a part of what he had written: People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle...

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Writers love words. And so I’m delighted to learn a new one—palimpsest. Like Lisa’s Jahn Clough’s word pentimento, the painting beneath a painting on a reused canvas, palimpsest is also a term of reuse. Originally a palimpsest...

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