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The Great Disconnect

I am a social animal. I like being with people and I like talking with them. Lately, I’ve been experiencing a disconnect with others that I find very disconcerting. Somewhere along the line, I’ve lost the art of conversation.  Here are some of the typical conversations I’ve had over the past few months. I’m asked, […]

Death: A Figment of My Imagination?

One of the characters died in the book I’m writing. Not just a character, someone very close to me: a unique individual, a beloved friend. I see the death, aftermath and funeral clearly in my mind at various (usually inconvenient) times or places throughout the day and tears may trickle down my cheeks or I […]

Breaking The Law: Part One

Consider yourself forewarned: this post is taking a little side trip through the inner workings of my mind. Get ready for the twists and turns. It may be scary. It may be interesting. And if it’s not, a few Skinny Girl Margaritas might help. I know just writing this has given me the urge to […]

Breaking The Law

“Mother, what can I be when I grow up?” “Oh, my little child, you can be anything you want; you can be anyone you choose. If you dream it, and believe it, you can achieve it. The world is your oyster, my child, but you must remember, never, never, never give up.” It’s a lovely […]

The Importance of Reading Ernest

After I read The Paris Wife, the novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage, I became intrigued and somewhat obsessed with the Hemingway legacy. I have an endearing habit (I think it’s endearing; my family has other words for it) of becoming obsessed by details of things that interest me. There was the time we watched […]

The Poison of Muses

I made a traumatic discovery: my muse ran away. If you have any sort of creative bent, you will find you have a muse– a gardening muse, an artistic muse, a dancing muse (which I think would be the most awesome, after the musical muse). Muses are as unique as the people they inspire. My […]

Snark and Consequences

I can be snarky. Sometimes it’s unintentional. Sometimes it’s an attempt at wit. Sometimes it’s deliberate (sad but true). Snark: noun Combination of “snide” and “remark”. Sarcastic comment(s). Also snarky (adj.) and snarkily (adv.) I’ve learned to show my husband things I’ve written that may be construed as snarky. Many times, I disagree with his assessment. […]