I spent my career
following Emerson, but
imitation is

suicide. So much
for Self-Reliance. Eudai-
monia the goal

now. With bad feet, bad
eyes, a racing heart, nothing sta-
ble, I’m living life

on its own terms. Peak
experiences? Praying to
the God who ‘is’ not

and listening to
her eyes as she tells me a-
bout the new Gaiman.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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