Astral Road Writing

Author Bryan Stevenson on Race in America and Just Mercy

I have been angry and heartbroken and very frustrated these past two days since the news of the senseless shooting at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. To now, my previous social posts have all just been bitter knee-jerk noise, so I've abandoned them. But I think this short clip from my conversation with author, attorney and activist Bryan Stevenson...

Sarah Dessen
Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen: “I Was Sure That My Career Was Over”

It's hard to believe that hugely successful young adult author Sarah Dessen, with eleven previous bestsellers to her name, could lose confidence in her writing.But that's exactly where she found herself, grinding through a book twelve storyline she had lost faith in, staring into the abyss, absolutely convinced her writing career was finished.Where did her confidence go?In this interview with...

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Small is the New Black

We live in a small house. It�s an old village home with three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms.When we moved in we were a family of four. This house was our starter home. Or so we thought. Turns out, this house is our family�s home. We�re still here, 15 years later, now a family of six.Most people we know live in...

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Find Your Space to Bring Out Your Best Self

Every year we take the kids to the Adirondack Mountains in New York state. We live in Michigan so it�s a bit of a drive. But we go anyway because spending time in a place we love so much is good for our souls. I know I�m a better person when I�m in those woods. The kids absorb my relaxed...

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One Last Brown Bag Lunch

Today was the last day I wrote �Aidan� on a brown paper lunch bag.My heart skipped a beat as I pulled out the green sharpie.I still look forward to writing his name. It�s one of the reasons I chose it. It flows effortlessly from my fingertips. And I love looking at the final result. Aidan. Such a fine name.But, truth...

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The Creative Breakthrough Just Around the Corner

�Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.�That�s a quote by Thomas Edison, maybe the most amazing achiever of our times.Edison, the same badass who basically birthed the telecommunications industry from his Menlo Park lab, with a few off-the-wall ideas like, oh I don�t know, ELECTRIC POWER,...

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