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Her Own Private Island, to which she was banned

So, my husband and I attended weddings in the Midwest. Joy and exuberance marked our visit of 4000 air miles and 1200 miles of driving in a rental car. We filled the time between the events with visits with extended family and longtime friends.… ...

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Strangest Google search in service of Story

November 6 question – What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled when
researching a story?
Thanks to the awesome co-hosts of the IWSG – Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie!

Ah, you ain’t gonna believe, though maybe you will… Because, you know, I’m a Boomer, a child of the ’60s.… ...

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Acupuncture: 99 Needles in Me

Acupuncture. A blending of heaven and hell. And, here we are, close to Halloween.

The feeling on my shoulder, knees, neck, and ankle is not like thousands of twigs. None of them tingle or cause me to shimmy, cringe, and/or shake, though the occasional needle insertion causes me to cry “ouch!” I’m not going to be blown with the wind.… ...

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The most honest opening line of a memoir –

Shh-h, be quiet. My husband is writing a memoir. ‘Tis true.

It’s a sort of introduction of ‘who I am’ to his men’s group. At church. Therefore, he’s not apt to use the meme quote… Ya think?!

But, wouldn’t it be the best – and truest – opening line of a memoir.

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Life as a Miracle: Rocking the Boots

I remember the date, the place, the time.

Do you think I loved him?

I remember what he wore and where he posed…

Do you think I loved him?

I remember I giggled at the party host’s introduction…

Do you think it was true?… ...

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A List of Euphemisms for Gossip –

Gossip!

Even Neanderthals did it – and, likely, Trogyldites, too. People gossiped – er, shared information with each other. It was a way to survive. To run for your life, beat the tomtoms, send the smoke signals… to stay alive!

I despise gossip.… ...

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The Losses of Senses that Impact a Writer

The first thing I recall losing was my haptic sense, the ability to field just one page from a stack. While this may not seem like a significant loss, think what a hindrance it might be for a writer who wants to quickly thumb through a manuscript.… ...

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Dubious – and unheard of – Words

I am a word nerd. On that, everyone who knows me agrees.

I Like Words. I collect them. I treasure them. I value them. I archive them. Here’s a few which have come up recently in my spoken vernacular:

  • bitchin’
  • dooger
  • fried-and-dyed
  • ribard
  • stoked
  • toked

Do you hear them?… ...

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Welcome our Speaker – or not!

One of my perpetually-favorite writer groups features premium speakers on a variety of topics. I’m lucky. I learn.

The topic was “How to get your book made into a movie” – and what author doesn’t want to know that? We all want to be Michael Connely… who, btw, is so famous he produces the award-winning series and sits in the Writers Room.… ...

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7 Benefits of Rehabbing Old Jeans

I recently rehabbed some old jeans. They were expensive, so I wasn’t apt to toss them. I grew up relatively poor and, as the eldest child, there were no hand-me-downs. I learned to hang on to clothing as long as it fit my lanky frame.… ...

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