“With great power comes great responsibility.” Uncle Ben (Spiderman) The American Constitution and Bill of Rights has given its citizens the great power of free speech. But with the freedom to say what we need or want to say comesRead More… WITH WRITES COME RESPONSIBILITIES
In the 1930s movie Grand Hotel, Greta Garbo says those words, or a variation depending on the source. A decade later she gave up acting and disappeared into private life. Over the last several months, the vast majority of theRead More… I VANT TO BE ALONE
It’s been 7 weeks, 1 day, 12 hours, 15 minutes since I’ve touched another human being besides my husband. For huggers like myself, this is painful, but thank God this pandemic didn’t happen in the Seventies. Back then we wereRead More… REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE
Professional athletes, trainers, and coaches tout the merits of cross training: doing a variety of activities that develop different areas of fitness. A tennis pro may lift weights to beef up her back hand. An NFL running back may takeRead More… CREATIVE CROSS TRAINING
“Class, take 5 minutes and write anything you like.” For many writers this is a dream come true—no rules, just write. For me that blank page is a glaring spotlight that sends my imagination scurrying like a mouse into theRead More… Blank space
Long before Bill W. and AA, the Serenity Prayer hung on a wall in my Aunt Myrt’s kitchen. On the windowsill in the same room, she also placed a small, sky- blue clay figurine, a squatty cross between a vultureRead More… What, me worry?
“Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” I really should needlepoint a pillow with those words. It’ll match the unfinished daisy afghan my mother-in-law gave me on my first Christmas as a married woman—47 years ago. Yes,Read More… TO DO OR NOT TO DO – THAT IS THE QUESTION
November 5, 2018 at 11:11am. I deliver my first-born. Her name is OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA. She weighs in at 1.4 pounds/381 pages and is 6″ by 9″ in length. She is attended by her mid-wife, Kindle Direct Publishing, and her godparents—John,Read More… IT’S A BOOK!!
Over the summer, I bore witness to parenting, avian-style. Bluebirds in Sacramento urged their young to eat the mealworms on their own since their once safe home had become a sweltering box. Robin mothers and fathers patiently fed their speckledRead More… LEAVING THE NEST
May 11, 2013. Two weeks after attending my first writers conference, I noted on my calendar – “Novel idea – No Rhyme Nor Reason.” I was a 63 year-old retired nurse, married with no children, and had done some traveling.Read More… BEGINNING, MIDDLE, THE END