I can definitely relate to George Banks, paterfamilias of the Banks brood of Mary Poppins fame. At the outset of the book, George tells his wife she can have a clean, comfortable house or four children, but not both, because he can’t afford both. As for me, I can have a neat, clean, comfortable house or a busy, active, engaged life as a writer, editor, and actor. But not both, because I simply haven’t the time (or energy). When serious creative work calls, housekeeping must take a back seat.
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