A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that's what separates a life story that can influence other people.
You're not a wave, you're a part of the ocean.
Detroit is a place where we've had it pretty tough. But there is a generosity here and a well of kindness that goes deep.
I used to be a classic workaholic, and after seeing how little work and career really mean when you reach the end of your life, I put a new emphasis on things I believe count more. These things include: family, friends, being part of a community, and appreciating the little joys of the average day.
I believe that you live on inside the hearts and minds of everyone you've touched while you were here on earth.
We all have two things in common, no matter who we are: We were born and we are going to die.
You have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it.
We all lose somebody we care about and want to find some comforting way of dealing with it, something that will give us a little closure, a little peace.
If you're always battling against getting older, you're always going to be unhappy, because it's going to happen anyhow.
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
For better or for worse, I've watched people die in front of me. I see how they are in the end. And they're not cynical. In the end, they wanna hold somebody's hand. And that's real to me.
I don't know about Heaven or Hell, but I do know that we are visited all the time by the spirits of those who affected us in life.
Mortality means you don't have forever to work things out. You can live your life unexamined but then on the last day you're going to think: 'I've left things a little late.'
Nobody's favorite movie is some dark, dysfunctional slasher story. Everybody's favorite song is a sentimental song. So why all of a sudden is it bad to be sentimental in books?
For years I wrote in my basement. More recently I graduated to one floor above, an office with all my books and music and - ta da! - a window.
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