Dana Meachen Rau

June 2016

Humpback Moments

One of the perks of being a writer is that you can coin new phrases, put them out in the world, and hope they catch on…

humpback moment: (noun) an unexpected wave of emotion

Here’s how the phrase originated. My family often visits friends in Cape Cod. For years, we had been considering going on a whale watch, but we always worried that we’d shell out a lot of money and not see too many whales.

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The Blank Canvas: Part 2

When we last left the canvas in my dining room, it was still blank, but I had made a pile of colorful textured paper, too. You’d think I’d be ready and eager to make art!

Nope. I didn’t have a plan, and that scared me.

Art and fear go hand in hand, at least for me.

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