Here's another feature of the New York Times online that you might enjoy, just personally as writers. It's the "Draft" section of the Times's Opinionator, which showcases opinion pieces about the craft of writing. To find it, go to the "Opinion" section of the NY Times. Then click on the drop-down menu under "Opinionator" (further down the Opinion home page), and then click on "Draft." You'll find good food for thought this summer, including the following article titled "The Right to Write."
Her final paragraph reads:
"A writer is like a tuning fork: We respond when we’re struck by
something. The thing is to pay attention, to be ready for radical
empathy. If we empty ourselves of ourselves we’ll be able to vibrate in
synchrony with something deep and powerful. If we’re lucky we’ll
transmit a strong pure note, one that isn’t ours, but which passes
through us. If we’re lucky, it will be a note that reverberates and
expands, one that other people will hear and understand."
Wishing you all a vibrant summer!