Unplugging: It’s Never Too Late!

Thought I’d give ye all an update on me days sans (without) Facebook. What can I say except that it’s been GREAT! I’m still scrolling and liking pictures on Instagram, but spending less and less time there. I have not looked at Twitter except once when checking on a trend. I didn’t stay long. I …

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Learning Is Heaven and Earth…

Have you ever heard of the word “merism”? Somehow, it had escaped my memory which came as a huge surprise, because, well, I thought I was pretty well-versed in all things English. Ahem. Nevertheless, I welcomed what felt like an introduction. A merism is a linguistic phenomenon; “phenomenon” because it refers to two or more …

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Farewell Facebook… Until We Meet Again.

Leaving Facebook isn’t going to be easy. Sure, lots of folks take breaks from it, or successfully regain a degree of self-control around its hold on them by scheduling time to scroll, but I’d like to let go of it completely. It’s got nothing to do with the app, by the way. Facebook is not …

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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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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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