Lies, Secrets, and Ozark. Does the Ending Fit the Crime(s)?

This week Ozark is the most watched Series on Netflix. What does that tell us about America?

A Scary Reality for Women in a Politicized America

One thing I’ve learned with age is the importance of speaking out to record what you’ve witnessed.

Coloring Inside the Lines or Outside the Lines? What Works for You?

I have this memory of sitting outside on the grass, waiting for a country auction to begin. A warm summer day, my mother sat on a white folding chair studying the mimeographed catalogue. From my vantage point I could see two other children, who like myself had been given coloring books. I watched them, toContinue reading “Coloring Inside the Lines or Outside the Lines? What Works for You?”

Trading Places as a Literary Device on a Freaky Friday

See the world, if only for a few moments through someone else’s eyes, and you gain both empathy and knowledge.

With a Little Help From My Friends

This past weekend, I entered a piece of my writing in a contest. Generally, I’m not a fan of writing contests but sometimes to get my adrenaline going, I need a deadline. Writing contests have deadlines. To participate, you are charged a substantial fee—$15-$40.  Thus, a commitment to sending in only what you feel isContinue reading “With a Little Help From My Friends”

The Secret Ingredient in Good Chicken Soup

As in the folktale of “Stone Soup”, when an entire village contributes ingredients to create a kettle of soup that begins with water and a stone; a chicken soup is enhanced by what is added both physically and emotionally.

A Good Bye Putin Fairy Tale

“This is terrible,” Boris, the rich oligarch, said to his wife, Anya . “They’ve shut down the air flights, frozen our accounts.  Now we can’t enjoy our nice penthouse on Park Avenue.

Searching for the Right Words When Learning To Tango

Our Tango teacher Julie was trying to find a word to describe that first moment just before you dance, when you establish a connection with your partner. It’s not a romantic moment, when you stare into one another’s eyes, but it is a moment of surrender. I searched my mind for the appropriate word andContinue reading “Searching for the Right Words When Learning To Tango”

How Many of Us are Paying Attention to What is Happening Around the World?

If you repeat a lie over and over again, will some people start to believe it is true?

Why Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

One of my personal reasons for giving substantial presents on Valentine’s Day, decades ago, was that February was a great time to buy things. In between Christmas  and Spring, department stores ran clearances to thin out excess stock.  My Valentine’s Day gifts to family included items like robes and slippers, a cozy sweater, and aContinue reading “Why Celebrate Valentine’s Day?”

The Rewards and Virtues of Writing Flash Prose

A word I like to use when contemplating short prose is distilling. Your writing job when undertaking flash prose is to extract the most significant elements of what you want to convey. If you are a chef, just think about simmering broth on a stove.

Take Nothing For Granted, Not Even Winter

The contrast of the white snow on the dark tree branches is a beautiful sight as is the dusting of white on the evergreens.

Masks Required and No Smoking– What’s the Difference?

No smoking laws protect 62.3 % of the U.S. population from the dangers of second hand cigarette smoke. But many are resistive to measures such as temporary mask mandates to protect public health.

Why Are Americans Scared of Critical Race Theory?

History. The study of everything that happened in the world before I was born was one of my favorite subjects in school. It’s a big topic. In elementary school we focused on American history: the American revolution, the birth of democracy, the rise of the United States as a super power, and civics. I rememberContinue reading “Why Are Americans Scared of Critical Race Theory?”