The Fallacy of Closure (and more)
On Sunday morning , I played golf with a special friend and his son. The joy as we navigated the course was interrupted and tempered by a huge fit of melancholia as I thought about the “what if’s?” of life. I would have given anything t0 be in that foursome with my son as my partner as well. Ten years or twenty seven years- there is still the universal truth that remains.
Coming up on the 27th year anniversary of our son’s death at age 29, we remain devastated. I’m sure that all of Stacey Burns’ family and friends feel… Continue reading
The topic is obvious. When do we lose the ability to be discouraged?
Is it when we’re twenty-two and don’t get a job we applied for?
Is it when we’re thirty, and realize that we’re two steps behind on the basketball court?
Is it when we’re forty, and don’t get the expected promotion?
Is it when we are fifty, and are told that a new person could do our jobs, and at half the cost?
Is it when we are sixty, and realize that we’re… Continue reading
I’m looking forward to leading an OLLI class next Tuesday in Tucson. The two hour session with focus on the process of writing and dealing with both inner and outer critics during the judgment of your work. At this time, there are thirty seven folks signed up for the class and I think there is still time. Checkout OLLI classes in Tucson (ID # 12470). This is the first in a series of six session lead by southern Arizona authors.
Also, my anthology of short stories and personal essays has come out in all e-book formats as well as paperback.… Continue reading
Here’s a portion of the blurbs about the book on the back cover. “Highly acclaimed for fiction filled with nuanced, believable characters, and suspenseful plots, author Duke Southard combines his stories for the first time alongside his compelling essays . . .”
Since the essays are true, some friends, family, acquaintances, and even former students may find themselves somewhere in this book.