Sitting with my pen and notebook in the dentist’s waiting room. Everyone stares at their dumb phones. I tell the paper what to say. Their screen tells them what to think. Related articles Ode to my leather bound friend (keytobeingtwenty.wordpress.com)
Yes, I have been terrible about keeping up with my blog awards! I suppose receiving this one today was the final boot-in-the-butt I needed to get going. I will be working on having a separate AWARDS page, I think, because having them down the side of the blog in the margin is just going to … More One Lovely Blog Award
I admit it, I fell for it. The title said, “How to turn traumatic experiences into fuel for your writing.” [This was from an email from Writer’s Digest.] Maybe I will learn something new, help me “reach right in there and grab it”–(like my niece said about grabbing the carotid artery during an autopsy…she was … More “How to write better”
Before we get to the raspberries, I want to talk about a gift in a garbage bag. A published author at a Writing Conference told us, “Whenever I think of something I want to save for later, I write it down on a scrap paper and keep it in a big hefty bag.” She opened … More My neighbor’s raspberries
Daily Prompt: Are you being served? My sister Marge and I were in the booth in the diner, sitting opposite my father. My father ordered a Reuben sandwich, “lightly toasted.” The waitress returned minutes later to serve my father a burnt toast sandwich. “What is this?!” my father yelled. “I’m sorry, I didn’t make it,” … More Once upon a time in a diner
I live in Upstate New York, not very far from the house that has made international headlines. Former NFLer Brian Holloway’s home was recently trashed by teenagers. A huge party took place in his house: teenage drinking and drug use ensued. It’s estimated over 300 high school and college students were there. There are several … More Local house trashed by teens – No Fair!
I remember the day the doctor’s office called me and said, “Can you come in today?” I knew she was not inviting me for tea and crumpets; I knew what that call meant. I was fortunate; the cancer was found early by a mammogram. It was called “stage 0” cancer. I had surgery to remove … More Five years after breast cancer
Who is that guy over there? Was he in our class, or is it somebody’s spouse? He looks vaguely familiar, let me think…. Last Saturday night I attended my 35th High School Reunion. It was my first! I never went to a reunion before. I had moved out of the area, worked, met other people … More Is that somebody that I used to know? Thoughts from my High School Reunion
As I approached the Chinese Food booth at the mall food court, a small Asian woman popped towards me with a juicy piece of chicken on a toothpick. “Free Sampo,” she said in broken English. My son and I each grabbed a toothpick, and tasted the surprise treat on a stick. “That’s good!” we agreed. “I would … More Free Sample
On Saturday, September 8, 2001, I had driven around town, with the windows down, playing a Dusty Springfield cd (“Son of a Preacher Man“) and just enjoying a sunny day in America. I lived in just north of Albany, NY, about 15 minutes from the airport. Planes flew overhead on a regular basis. I barely … More “Look Mama, a plane!” My September 11, 2001 Story
It was a dark and stormy afternoon. I was driving in a pouring rain storm, on my way home from work. A truck started to pull out in front of me but he didn’t finish his turn, and he stopped right in front of me. I hit the brakes, but the car didn’t stop; it … More So I hit the brakes, but the car didn’t stop.
If you watch Person of Interest (POI), you know that Harold is in love with a woman who thinks he is dead. He faked his own death so that she would not be in any danger, as he works with “the machine” which sees everything. He and Mr. Reese receive “numbers” from the machine which … More Did you ever love someone so much you sent them away?
Major differences between NIV Bible and King James: There are verses left out of NIV! Here are just some of many verses that were left out of the NIV translation. I know that many Christians prefer the NIV because it is easier to read, whereas the King James is in “old English” and can … More Major differences between NIV Bible and King James: There are verses left out of NIV!
If I had all the time in the world to throw myself behind a cause, it would be to stop the race baiting being done in this country. I know things are not perfect, but there are advances and mistakes on both sides. For the record, yes, I am white. Let me tell you of … More Daily Prompt: Can we please take the deck of race cards off the table?
Bailey had a big day today walking the trails at the Battlefield park. Here he is next to one of the cannons used during the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. When we first started out this morning, we really had a tough time coaxing Bailey to get into the car. I guess he was afraid … More Bailey’s Saratoga Battlefield Adventure
I don’t even pretend that I can cook. I give my husband dinner disclaimers before I serve supper: “This meal is not exactly like the recipe said, I didn’t have an ingredient so I substituted another. Oh, and I put in a Tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon. I didn’t have my glasses on … More Heard about Cronuts? How about Cuffins?
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All I wanted was some silence. I rushed across the library, my customized orthotic sneaker squeaking with every step. I tried to be quiet, but my limp seemed to advertise my presence. I slipped the laptop out of the bag, but it crashed onto the desk. The power cord followed, thudding to the floor. It … More Does a Prompt help?