Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Beginning: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert



Sorry for not posting last night -- my work day got away from me! I don't usually write here about my work, but the news about the Boy Scouts letting girls has my head spinning.

As a lawyer who has represented over 100 adults who were sexually abused as kids in Scouts, I have big reservations about letting more girls in. Girls have been in Explorer Scouts since 1971. I currently represent six women who were sexually molested by the leader of their coed Explorer post when they were as young as 11. I really think the BSA needs to offer full transparency about its history of sexual abuse before inviting more, and younger, girls to join.

I'll get off my soapbox now.


One upon a time, there was a man named Jack Gilbert, who was not related to me -- unfortunately for me.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am getting a lot out of this short book. It is aimed at artists or writers, but her thoughts are applicable to anyone who wants to think more creatively about a career or enthusiasm.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. I still haven't read her first book.

    I hope this one is a good read for you.


  2. I haven't read anything by Gilbert, but I have heard Big Magic is really good. I hope you are enjoying it.

    As an aside, I commend you on the work you are doing. No big organization like that is blemish free, especially one that has been around so long, but this is more than a blemish. A lot of good comes out of BSA, but it's hard to respect an organization who will not take responsibility for it's action--or lack there of--and who protects sexual predators over the children they are supposed to serve.

    1. Thanks LF! Like I said, I don't usually bring my work to my blog, but my heart is worried about this one.

  3. Interesting looking Friday book.

  4. I love books with magic. Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  5. I love Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk about creativity, so I'll definitely look for this book.

    Also, thank you for sharing about your work.

  6. I've heard so many good things about Big Magic. I've been meaning to read it. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

  7. One can be creative in so many different ways. I am trying a few!

  8. What you shared about the boy scout leadership is disturbing. My heart aches for children who have been abused in any way.

    Hope you enjoy Liz Gilbert's book. I heard an interview she did about it and she was outstanding.


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