My Sister Got Me Started

Some fires can’t be extinguished

My sister, Sandra, got me started writing. You can get a little of that story in Mission of the Heart. Here’s the story behind the story.

Sandra had to read a book for an English class assignment. I don’t know if she was required to read a science-fiction book or not, and the book she chose was James Blish’s Mission to the Heart Stars.


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Mission of the Heart

My sister’s awe put a fire to my imagination

Yesterday afternoon I achieved a goal I gave myself when I was in grade school.

My sister shared a story then and, in her telling, I, as a child, was so overwhelmed by her sense of awe, of excitement, of wonder, of possibility and imagination that I decided one day I would return her sharing, to give back that sense of joy and wonder, to fire those feelings of awe and excitement and experience that imagination again.
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