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Dorah Blume is an author of historical fiction novels. Her latest, Botticelli's Muse, is a provocative story about Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli, the conflicts of Medici Florence, and the woman at the heart of his paintings.
Dorah Blume, Deborah Bluestein, Botticelli's Muse, Sandro Botticelli, italian renaissance, italian artists, medici florence, historical fiction novel
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Parental Influence

Prompt was made up of objects at the workshop and random words plucked out of our “Word Bank.”
Objects: Bell bike helmet/motorcycle helmet
Words chosen at random from the word bank: pearl-eyed, benevolent, habitual, carving knife, wound
Author: Dorah Blume
Timed writing: 20 minutes

Approximate date: 6/2013
Location: Juiceboxartists workshop/Boylston St.

“You might as well take a carving knife to your body and start hacking,” Louise said. Her heavy arms wriggled with those appendages overweight women who wear floral frocks tend to display. Her son Billy snapped on his Shogun helmet just the same. He gave his mother a benevolent smile and let the back screen door slam behind him.

She would hold her Saint Christopher medal up to her lips. Pearly-eyed now with tears dropping into the sink, she would look at him through the kitchen window. Ever since he first rode his green tricycle down Jackson Street into oncoming traffic—she had caught him just in time—she was always afraid that he would wound himself terribly.



10 Clutter-busting strategies as they appeared on

  1. Clutter-busting strategy #1: Establish Activity Zones
  2. Clutter-busting strategy #2: Start Small
  3. Clutter-busting strategy #3: Get Help!
  4. Clutter-busting strategy #4: Reduce Pieces of Furniture to a Minimum
  5. Clutter-busting strategy #5: Let Go of the Guilt
  6. Clutter-busting strategy #6: Practice the “One in, One out” principle
  7. Clutter-busting strategy #7: Display Each Collection as a Collection in One Place
  8. Clutter-busting strategy #8: Get Rid of Broken Stuff, Fix It, or Recycle!
  9. Clutter-busting strategy #9: Give Away What No Longer Serves You
  10. Clutter-busting strategy #10: Know Thyself
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