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?”

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.

Our Worries Shift. It’s the Small Things That Count.

So while the spread of the coronavirus has subsided and is beginning to become considered by some scientists more of an endemic than a pandemic; we have other things to worry about. 

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”

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.

Dear Abby Dear Someone Please Give Me Advice

    I’ve been reading advice columns as long as I’ve been reading the newspaper. I began by reading Ann Landers in the Baltimore Sun.  When living in California and Massachusetts I was reading Dear Abby, further elaborated on by that wonderful John Prine song “Dear Abby”.  What better advice can there be then, You areContinue reading “Dear Abby Dear Someone Please Give Me Advice”

Mint Recipes You’re Going To Love

A lovely recipe for new potatoes uses mint, red onion, capers to further enhance their flavor.

Decking our Homes with Jack-0-Lanterns to Chase Away Our Fear of Death

The carving of malevolent faces into pumpkins and the display of anything creepy outside your home was intended to calm the ghosts roaming the earth on October 31st.

Travel Challenges, A Changing World and a Quest for Space

Space. I’d like a little more space around me, standing in line waiting to board the plane. At the grocery store, they suggest customers stand three feet apart while waiting to check-out at the cash register.  Socially distance is the catch phrase. But to load an airplane with passengers, time is measured with dollar signs.Continue reading “Travel Challenges, A Changing World and a Quest for Space”

Is it Work If You Do it From Home?

“Just because I work from home, doesn’t mean I don’t work,” I said. “I just have to work around my children’s schedule.”

Writers, Social Media and the Art of Self-Promotion

Who can resist a parade of bright yellow sunflowers? If your posts are read and liked, you’ve done the work.