Everywhere I look, someone wants me to know the “secret” in going from “writer” to “author.” Blogs and websites abound online with “must read” content; books and magazines take up shelf after shelf with “essential tips to take your writing to the next level.” It’s overwhelming and generally not very helpful in its enormity. Seeing […]
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For a while now my children had been teasing me over the fact that I had zero Instagram followers. The reason I signed up for the mobile photo-sharing service was to keep tabs on them: I didn’t need followers, I was a follower. I refused to call Instagram anything other than “Iggy,” which only led to more […]
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This photo was taken twenty years ago. The fact that I am old enough to share photographic evidence of a time from my mid-twenties puts me solidly in “middle age”–a chronological reality despite my feeling not much older than I was when captured on film (yes, it was film) in July 1996 in Latvia. Serving […]
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Every time I hear “Round Here” by the Counting Crows I hear desperation, and longing, and the abandonment of hope. It seems like these words (from 1993) are relevant to many, many things happening nowadays here and abroad. If you can get an audio clip, I recommend you do; though if you were around and paying […]
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Not everyone who chooses to read this blog, either here or elsewhere on social media, will agree with my thoughts and opinions. I don’t write about hearts and flowers and unicorns. Cute puppies and crock pot dinners don’t interest me. From the start, I have written about loyalty and betrayal. What readers have found here–and at […]
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Yes, you know that taste. Most of us first experienced it as children as we suffered through a stomach bug. Saltines and ginger ale were the suggested remedy, and after a few days we were better. As adults, we have the benefit of not sharing our daily space with two dozen under-the-weather peers on a […]
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