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Pause,Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-25

This is where I grew up.  This is where I am. This is reason enough to pause and count my blessings.  It’s not that I grew up with a lot.  I didn’t.  Well, wait a minute.  Yes, I did.  I grew up with a lot of siblings.  I grew up with a lot of space.  I grew up with a lot of responsibility.  I grew up with a lot of stimulation. And, I grew up with a lot of encouragement. All that other STUFF is highly over-rated.  I’m back on my home turf feeling relaxed,  and loved, and with plenty of…

1,000 Word worth:2017-24

On Friday, I like to take an ordinary photo of something I’ve seen during the week and create a bit of flash fiction.  I call it 1,000 words worth, because,  you know, a picture is worth…. For more information, click here. Last night, as I fell asleep, a memory from 1st grade came crashing in full Technicolor into my consciousness.  It’s been on my mind all day.  So..  Here goes.  A bit of flash fiction from a memory pop. I’ll leave it to you to decipher which parts are memory and which are fiction.   Betty karate chopped the clenched…

Good news trumps bad

I feel awash in the wake of national news that highlights leadership that seems out of touch with what everyday people need and want.  On a local level, a family traveling home from vacation found their home reduced to twigs. It was as if the Big Bad Wolf blew their home away. Can you imagine? The explosion damaged more than 50 other homes. Some became uninhabitable. One family’s landlord refused to refund their security deposit, leaving them homeless. Heartless? Then the best of us rose to the surface. The local radio station, the Mayor, Salvation Army, McDonald’s, and people throughout…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-24

Fireworks with family on Friday and a lovely weekend with Loved-One, Miss G and Miss K in Chicago.  I’m a lucky woman.  I love this picture I took in the South Loop.  New springing up behind old, people and cars bustling, and of course signs reminding us to mind our manners.   Here are a few more things, in no particular order, that make me say ahhhh…life is good. Character profiles that sit down beside me on the L train and beg to be written into my next book. Fresh strawberries with fine whiskers standing at attention. Chocolate French toast…

1,000 Words worth: 2017-23

Each Friday, To find out more click here. “Yes, this is exactly the way I found the apartment when I got home from work.” Joyce saw a flicker of red from the corner of her eye and tuned toward the window.  The male cardinals vied for position at the bird feeder—one at the feeder, one in the Forsythia, and another a few feet from there in the Nanny-berry.  Two females foraged on the ground under the feeder. “And you didn’t move anything?” “No. But I told you that already.” Joyce glanced the name pinned above the officers badge. “Look, Officer…

A job that Cuts the Mustard!

If I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner, Everyone would be in Love with me. If you’re driving around the Weiner Mobile, that’s exactly what happens.  Everyone is in love with you. That’s what Christian Blatner told me. “My favorite part of ‘hauling buns’ on the ‘Hot Dog Highways’ of American are the amazing reactions,” said Blatner. “people’s faces light up when we merge on to the highway or pass a car on the road. We never see anyone that’s unhappy to see us – we may not be a ‘lamborg-wienie’ or a ‘wienie-bago’ but how could you not smile when you see…

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