Small Victories

The other day, I had a rare luxury. Ken was insistent upon taking his folks and aunt who was visiting for the afternoon for a trip to Michael’s to pick up some craft supplies for one of his several current projects. Everyone seemed to be on board. I asked about my role in this adventure,…

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ctrl+alt+delete

I took a walk the other day. It was the first walk of what might be called “spring”–were it to actually show up. Rather than taking the opportunity to run errands or accomplish anything, I was acting on the advice of my sage therapist who suggested taking time away each day–just for me. The house…

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The Journey

I think the journey with my husband kenan’s cancer has been the most important one I’ve ever embarked on. Though not about me directly, it certainly has impacted my life and how I view the world. I’ve danced around the subject in previous blog entries, but wasn’t sure if–or how much–I wanted to write about…

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iRescind

In a previous blog I lamented my iPad purchase, declaring it overhyped and underwhelming. So I happily returned it, thinking I was free from its touch-screen grip. However, it wasnt that simple. It never is with me. I am a lover of anything that “organizes.” I had a Trapper Keeper in 1980. A DayRunner in…

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Six Sentence Sunday

My first try at Six Sentence Sunday thanks to my blog buddy Miranda (Check out her blog). Sounded like a fun exercise. Check out all the participants’ entries. The six sentences I chose are from “Cousin F*cker” an essay I’d written and submitted to the Writer’s Digest Competition in 2006. It ranked #18 in the…

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The First Embarrassing Moment (of many)

First grade. Think back and remember what a fresh start it was. Everyone was equal. We were all evenly confused with our disrupted half-day kindergarten schedules. And we were introduced to classmates most of whom we’d continue on the next twelve years with. Our slates were clean. There were no cliques–except maybe a couple of…

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Bully for Me

Last week, after finishing the first draft of my novel, I started writing about a bullying experience with a kid from high school. (To be clear, I was the one being bullied…I know…shocker!) Tonight, I just finished the fifth version and sent it to a writer friend for her input. I was so excited to…

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85 Days Later

I guess I would remiss in writing a blog about writing to not pronounce the completion of the first (and very rough draft) of the novel I started writing as I accepted the challenge presented by National Novel Writing Month. Like my decision to commit to going to a personal trainer twice week beginning in…

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i[wanted-to-love]Pad

After saving the money, and waiting a year, I finally bought an iPad on Tuesday. And I returned it two days later. Although my Apple Store return experience was as easy–though less joyful–as purchasing something, I thought owning an iPad would be a transformative experience, but I just “didn’t get it.” Steve Jobs told me…

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The Dime Store of Broken Dreams

My parents owned a “variety store” when I was third grade–maybe after and possibly before, but I know for certain I remember going there in third grade. After school my sister and I would walk from elementary school ten minutes to the block-long business district known to everyone then as “uptown” to spend time there…

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