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Families Are What We Say They Are

My grandmother was a gem, a one-off, a warrior. My mom’s mother, she was a firecracker, a no-guff kind of gal who watched wrestling on television, drank beer from the bottle, and preferred cigars to cigarettes. She lived over a shop in the small city where all the matriarchs in my family had settled. Her …

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Lighter Sides…

There are currently eight half-finished blogs on my desktop. Yesterday’s made it nine. It should have felt good to finally launch at least one into cyberspace, but it didn't. The result was a one-way conversation in my head that went something like this: “You are SO full of yourself. Way intense. Why do you have …

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Strength in Numbers. Please Join In…

Yesterday I cried, fussed about stuff, and screamed a bit - silently, of course, so as to not terrify souls within earshot who might also be crying or fussing about stuff. I thought about giving up. It's all just too much. And then, a voice, familiar and sure, spoke up. "It's gonna be okay." I …

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When you’re down and troubled…

Gosh, it’s hard to know what’s what these days and I find it really depressing. I mean, we’ve been at this society-survival-evolving thing for about 200,000 years, give or take. After so many millennia, wouldn’t you think we’d have figured out that war, hatred, poverty, and division don’t work well in any way? You’d think …

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Supporting an Unknown. Easier Said Than Done, it Seems.

Grinding an axe is what’s done so the blade cuts smoothly through the wood you’re planning to split for that evening fire. That’s literal. I’m sharpening my blade figuratively today to clear some debris that’s in my way. I’ve been a vegetarian for over fifty years. I boast that I did not raise my daughters …

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Could I Talk At You For A Minute? Thanks.

Just a quick word, here. Didn't plan to post. Must keep on editing. (Yes, I am STILL (endlessly) applying rewrites to my lovely (BEST EVER) book and need to crack on with it!). But, I wanted to talk to you for a sec.  Yesterday, a little somethin’ – somethin’ happened that threw me (and quite …

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Sunshine, Depression, and Other Fun Stuff…

The sun got up way before I did this morning. Although my eyes are covered by one of those masks, my body usually reacts to the light. Not today. When I finally pull open the curtains it is closing in on 11 AM. Everything outside is shiny so my room becomes shiny, too. I feel …

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Moving Back to Forward…

Many thoughts have been jangling around in my mind recently, triggered no doubt by moving, an exercise that is proving challenging, tiring, discouraging, and a proper pain in the arse. The angst is due largely to the fact that I can’t see this as a forward kind of move even though I know moving is …

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