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Category Archives: Writing

Writing, Mothers, and Memories

Sometimes, but not often enough, I sit at the computer and scroll through my writing files.  Poems, essays, short stories–essays, poems, short stories…nothing organized. It’s all just randomly saved on my little hot pink zip drive. There are no files for each genre of writing, it’s all just there, piled one on top of another, …


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Blog, Blog, Blog: It’s All Good

Writing is a solitary activity. It can get pretty lonely. Especially if you live in a rural location, take online courses and have no real friends. Which isn’t me, of course. I’m just sayin. Which is why I have been enjoying blogging more than I thought I would when I first started. There are some …

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Dangerous Times for Truth

  These are dangerous times for truth. Especially on the internet. The internet can make you crazy. It can convince you of things that just aren’t true. Like that Obama is a mom’s jeans wearing secret evil Muslim who wants to outlaw all your handguns and kill your grandma to save health care dollars. Or that …

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Writing Yourself to Sleep

I’ve been trying to fall asleep for at least the last ninety minutes. It isn’t working. It’s tough to sleep when your mind is swimming with random thoughts and punishing self re-crimination over those late afternoon cups of coffee you scoffed down with a half-dozen amaretto cookies. So here I sit trying to remember the …

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A Mom’s Love and Encouragement Distilled in B & W

Yesterday I opened my Facebook page to a photograph of my Mom, circa 1958 or 1959. It’s a black and white photo, but surprisingly vivid. I have a copy of the same photo somewhere but this one was posted by an old neighbor, George Thibault. Mom is standing in the street with my brother Phil, …

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The Writers Voices Inside my Head

I’ve been writing for a while now. I am not a professional, having one (don’t laugh mean people) published Essay to my credit. But I’ve been messing with writing on and off all my life. The last several years, I’ve been taking online classes, reading piles of books on writing, all helpful, and, most importantly, …

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Blogging and Writing Unsupervised

I’m new to this blogging stuff.  I resisted it for a long time because, quite honestly, I’m really not all that interesting. But as a writer, I thought it might be a good idea, because it encourages me to write, and since no one is paying to read this crap, I won’t have to listen …

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James Frey on Writing

“People read memoirs and nonfiction and ask questions about what in the books isn’t real. They read novels and short fiction and ask what in them is. Ultimately, none of it matters. Good writing is good writing, and a story well told isn’t beholden to issues of fact and fiction, and moves beyond where it …

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