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The point of Hide’nSeek is to lose –

What was your favorite childhood game? Did you hopscotch, play board games, jump rope, or kick the can?

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Was your sports passion baseball, volleyball, football, or golf? Whether you spectated or played, did you have a ball?

Did you play Bunco or Bingo as an adult?… ...

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The Inciting Incident for a Novel Amount of Cash

What would make a great premise or inciting incident for a book? A hook for a reader – or for you, the writer? A murder, a secret, and/or promise to tell-all? A hint, a hazard, a second guess? Another of PJ’s infamous loose-with-the-truths?… ...

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Cringe-worthy Questions and Queries

Oh dear, here comes the flurry of questions again. At a party, in an after-church conclave, at a dinner with friends. I cringe despite a resolution to relax. I paste an ‘I’m pleased to answer you’ smile on my face and inhale.… ...

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Words & Music: Rock ‘n Roll

What was the soundtrack of your coming of age?

For my husband and I, it was rock ‘n roll, a genre that was reportedly named by a radio DJ in Cleveland, a city in the Midwest, near our roots states of Indiana and Michigan.… ...

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Gem Down!

“Gem down!”

The women hit the floor and began to scrounge, combing the plush purple carpet with their long-nailed fingers. Someone might as well as said, “Man down!” for all the fervor they put into their task.

There a brunette, there a curly top, there a long-haired blonde.… ...

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Life as a Miracle: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Fernando

What does one do to commemorate the finalization of a 30-year mortgage? To celebrate the closure of an onerous task: opening the checkbook and writing a check with many zeros 360 times… to be the owners of the home and not the bank!… ...

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Life as a Miracle: Tiny Cupcake

A diet began. Not out of preference, but out of necessity: I have no willpower and my weight had punched up. Groan.  😐

Yeah, my body was more than over-plump. I’d edged into fat. A while ago, but it was time.… ...

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A slave to Shakespeare ;-)

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I’m an inadvertent slave of William Shakespeare – with whom I have much in common, some people say. Apparently, he re-invented the English Language, invigorating it with words he invented… And, my favorite editor/shred-it-or describes my style as brisk word blending (I think she made that term up)  😆

It’s no matter, I like the term.… ...

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LIFE as a MIRACLE: the book of Mormons

So, last summer my husband and I drove days and days through Utah, the land of Mormons and flat, distant-vista terrain. Our destinations were the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, the grandest of “America the Beautiful” parks. Along the way, we serendipity-toured a fort, fully preserved with the dishes and clothing and telegraph office, the latter the genesis of the fort-in-the-middle-of-nowhere.… ...

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Older, Wiser, and Cheerfully Sarcastic

I’m older, wiser, and cheerfully sarcastic. I’m also apt to lower the boom, so look out!

No, this is not a rant – it’s a confessional boom.

Because I’m older I can afford more expensive wines. I like spicy Zinfandel. My favorite brand is Seven Deadly Zins.… ...

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