Inspiration

Cheating at Cards and a Grandmother’s Unconditional Love

Cheating at Cards and a Grandmother's Unconditional Love

Imagine we could turn our lives back to exactly one moment and, once inside that instant, make a different choice. From that point, life would play out as it already has with just that small tweak. Where would we be? My first idea for this superpower took me back to age 16, to the day I cheated at Canasta, a family favorite card game. Of all the mistakes I’ve made, things I’ve regretted saying or leaving unsaid, and opportunities missed, […]

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Seven Reasons To Dislike Internet Lists

Seven Reasons To Dislike Internet Lists

That’s it. I’m officially suffering from list fatigue. Maybe you’ve felt the same way, too. Social media has been consumed by lists. And, yes, I will admit I’ve written plenty of them myself. Once word got out that lists encourage sharing and drive viral content on the web, it seems all writing, all virtual fact sharing and digital entertainment became decidedly list bound. I stumbled upon a New Yorker article that gave some rationale for communicating via lists. Apparently we […]

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Silence — A poem in prose

Silence -- A poem in prose

Silence. Or some whisperless part. The place between the ringing in the left ear and the ringing in the right, punctuated by the violent first gust of warm air through the heat ducts, crossed by a barking dog, then left. In silence. Scary. What falls in behind the quiet, lurks, drives us, needs to be examined, yet resists examination. Sit. Let scary silence bring forth that which shrinks so in the light of day. Demons, yet not. Derived from a […]

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Facing Writer’s Block: When the Words Won’t Come

Facing Writer's Block: When the Words Won't Come

Nearly four months have passed since my last blog, an entire season on a platform so exuberantly named, Just Write. This writer’s block silence was born from a cascade of some of the most challenging events in my life. Any one of these, thrown like an icy snowball, would sting, but not knock me back far. Taken together, though, it is as if they merged to form huge, path-clearing snow monster careening downhill. It would seem turbulent times would call […]

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